Curtis Hamilton
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Curtis Hamilton

Hometown:

Kelowna British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-12-04

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd Round (48th Overall), 2010

Weight:

211 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2005-06: Curtis Hamilton was chosen by the Saskatoon Blades in the second round (36th overall) of the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft.

2006-07: Hamilton saw his first WHL action, playing in 2 games for the Blades.  He registered no points in those games.

2007-08: In his WHL rookie season, Hamilton played in 68 games for the Blades.  He scored 14 goals and added 13 assists for 27 points while adding 43 penalty minutes to his offensive totals.

2008-09: Played in 58 games for the Blades, scoring 20 goals and adding 28 assists for 48 points.  Hamilton finished a +28 for the season.  Hamilton played in 7 playoff games for the Blades, picking up 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points.  He played for Team Canada at the 2009 Under-18 WJC.

2009-10: Appeared in 26 games for the Blades, scoring 7 goals and adding 9 assists for 16 points.  He missed the last 7 weeks of the season due to a broken collarbone.  Hamilton played in 5 playoff games for the Blades, picking up 2 goals and adding 1 assist for 3 points.

2010-11: Hamilton was the third-leading scorer for the Saskatoon Blades, the WHL’s top team during the regular season, and he also played for Canada’s silver-medal winning team at the 2011 U20 World Junior Championship. Hamilton scored 26 goals with 56 assists in 62 games for the Blades and was +48 with 22 PMs. In 10 playoff games he scored 4 goals with 7 assists and was -3 with 4 PMs as Saskatoon advanced to the second round. In seven games with Team Canada he scored 4 goals and was +1 with 2 PMs.

2011-12: Hamilton made the jump from junior hockey to the AHL as a 20-year-old; skating for Edmonton’s AHL affiliate Oklahoma City. Seeing limited ice time in mostly a lower line role, he scored 5 goals with 6 assists in 41 games and was plus-two with 8  penalty minutes. The Barons finished first in the West Division and reached the AHL semifinals. Hamilton appeared in two of 14 playoff games and was minus-one with no points and 2 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Hamilton skated for Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City in his second pro season. Caught in a numbers game early in the year due to the NHL lockout, his season came to a disappointing end after one playoff game when he suffered a knee injury in practice that required surgery. Hamilton scored 5 goals with 4 assists in 61 regular season games and was -10 with 10 penalty minutes. The Barons finished third in the South Division and reached the Western Conference finals. Hamilton had no points nor penalty minutes and was -1 in his only playoff game.

 

Talent Analysis

Hamilton has solid offensive skills, but thrives in a power forward role. He excels at using his big frame effectively and efficiently. His defensive awareness is above average, particularly for a young player, and his willingness to get his nose dirty without taking unnecessary penalties will serve him well. He is the kind of hard working player who can contribute in any situation that coaches love.

 

Future

After a relatively weak sophomore pro season, Hamilton suffered a knee injury during the 2012-13 post-season that required surgery. He will need to turn things around in his third pro season in order to keep any chance for an NHL career in his future.

 

Another wave of young talent on horizon for Edmonton Oilers

by Lawrence Bailey
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Photo: Picked 19th overall in the 2011 draft, Oscar Klefbom has the tools to be a solid top-four defenseman for the Oilers for many years to come. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Fans of the Edmonton Oilers have demonstrated their patience over the past number of years, buying into the mantra of a wholesale rebuild. After two seasons in the NHL’s basement however, expectations are rising and that patience is wearing thin. Fortunately for the Oilers faithful, a lot of the team’s future is on or near the NHL roster and there is still a wealth of quality talent coming down the pipe. Unlike years past, much of the current talent in the prospect pool is complementary and demonstrates a wide range of skills. With the exception of the 2011 top pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the players who succeed at the NHL level off this list will be likely be playing supporting roles to the top line talents who have already made the jump to the show.

1. (NR) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, 8.5C
Drafted 1st round, 1st overall, 2011

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