Oilers at 48: Curtis Hamilton

  • ISS: 60
  • Bob McKenzie: 57
  • LW. 6.02, 211.

In a season shortened by injury, Hamilton played just 26 games for the Saskatoon Blades, but managed to record 16 points (7-9–16) and shake off breaking his collarbone (twice) as well as separating his shoulder. He has since been cleared to play and will take part in Canada’s World Junior evaluation camp this summer.

  • He is the son of Bruce Hamilton, a former Saskatoon Blades forward (1974-77) and current owner and general manager of the Kelowna Rockets – his father was selected by St. Louis Blues 81st overall in 1977.
  • Hamilton was drafted in the second round (36th overall) in the 2006 Bantam WHL Draft and was a member of Team Canada at the 2009 Under-18 World Championships.
  • Saskatoon Blades Assistant GM Jarrod Brodsky: “Hamilton is a good skating winger with a powerful skating stride; good two-way player who is smart at both ends of the ice; takes puck to the net and is learning to use his size and strength more; has been out for majority of the season with a broken collarbone.”
  • Scouting report: Has flown somewhat under the radar this season, especially after missing substantial time with injuries, including a broken collarbone. He’s a big forward who moves well and projects to be an effective third line winger who can compete hard and bring a physical element to his team.
  • Bruins 2010 Draft Watch: Curtis Hamilton of the Saskatoon Blades suffered a nightmare, injury-plagued season with two collarbone breaks, the second of which ended his season just after the new year. Considered a wide-bodied winger with solid skills (OK skater, good shot, has a nose for the net) if not a high-end package of hockey tools, Hamilton is one of those guys who will drop because he simply didn’t play enough in his draft season, but could end up being much better than a lot of the players who will be picked before him. If he’s there early in the fourth round when Boston’s pick (via Carolina in the Aaron Ward trade) comes around he’d be hard to pass up, because he fits the mold of what the B’s are trying to do in terms of adding size, skill and scoring to the wings. He scored 20 goals in 58 games in 08-09, but only seven tallies in 26 contests this year, so Hamilton does not come without risk, and is why he will fall on draft day.
  • Steve Tambellini: “A dependable 2-way player, someone a coach can trust. He’s a big man.”
  • Stu MacGregor: “An extremely smart player, a great two way player. Strong, has good size, works hard along the boards. Very strong on the puck, has good vision, very good penalty killer. A guy who plays hard and smart.
  • ISS: Well rounded player who can provide offense and raise the intensity level when needed. Hamilton has a very good technical package and understands the game very well. A strong and aggressive forechecker who can really fire the puck, Hamilton struggled with some
    bad luck and injuries this year which really affected his production. Hamilton is honest and hard working with the ability to play in all situations and against all types of players. He is hard on the puck and rarely backs down from battles for pucks or space and isn’t afraid to hold his ground after the whistle. Hamilton is very good at drawing defenders and then getting the puck to the net and then driving
    hard to the net on his own for rebounds or to create space for his teammates.

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