Desjardins NHLE (CHL)

Curtis Hamilton had an outstanding season for the Saskatoon Blades. Desjardins NHLE’s suggest that he has a chance to be a useful NHL player, perhaps playing on a skill line in the show. Hamilton is near the top of an impressive list of CHL prospects for the Edmonton Oilers organization. The club has recently become a strong CHL booster, with 7 of last season’s 11 selections playing in Canada’s three major junior leagues.

Here are the NHLE’s for the group.

Forwards
  1. Curtis Hamilton (WHL) 10-23-33 (18)
  2. Ryan Martindale (OHL) 13-18-31 (18)
  3. Tyler Pitlick (WHL) 12-15-27 (18)
  4. Drew Czerwonka (WHL) 5-11-16 (18)
  5. Kristians Pelss (WHL) 5-8-13 (17)
  6. Cameron Abney (WHL) 3-5-8 (19)

A quick note on their ages. Most of these kids turned over within weeks of the start of each season. My numbers come from hockeydb; many of these kids spent a large part of the regular season one year older than listed here. Hamilton, Martindale and Pitlick look like they might emerge as legit top 6 options, and compare well to some previous CHL Oilers. Pitlick is generally regarded as having the widest range of skills among that trio. There is a chance Abney isn’t signed, Pelss and Czerwonka will return to the WHL in 11-12 and a good guess would be that Pitlick, Hamilton and Martindale all turn pro this fall.

Defensemen
  1. Martin Marincin (WHL) 5-16-21 (18)
  2. Jeremie Blain (QMJHL) 1-20-21 (18)
  3. Brandon Davidson (WHL) 3-14-17 (19)
A nice trio here too. Blain had an exceptional season despite injury, and Marincin too had an impressive year despite fading substantially in the season’s second half. Davidson is older and slightly behind offensively, but so much is involved in developing defensemen it’s anyone’s guess how this plays out. Davidson has joined the OKC Barons but there are plenty of options for him in 11-12, Marincin is very highly regarded and may be playing pro hockey in the fall and Blain is eligible to return to the QMJHL this fall.
There are no first round picks on this list but it’s an impressive group.

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