Curtis Hamilton must be living right, as he was rewarded for hard work and little result with a trip to the upper regions of the depth chart. Coach Todd Nelson may have him skating alongside Mark Arcobello and Jordan Eberle tonight against San Antonio. I don’t recall a time in this young man’s pro career when he got this kind of push.
Hamilton has shown offensive ability–at age 19 in the WHL he went 26-56-82 in 62 games–but not in pro hockey. His current career AHL stats (60, 7-7-14) have him in the “Chris VandeVelde range” of offensive ability. If he’s going to have an NHL career, he needs to be much better.
- Eberle 23, 14-16-30
- Hartikainen 23, 8-11-19
- Hall 15, 6-13-19
- Paajarvi 23, 3-12-15
- Byers 23, 2-3-5
- Hamilton 19, 2-1-3
The offense ends after the first two lines, coach Nelson clearly wants to shake things up. The top 4 wingers may end up in Edmonton if the lockout ends, so Nelson’s move may be survival instinct.
Kevin Lowe was on Jason Gregor’s show yesterday, and suggested that with Andy Sutton’s injury the club may be on the lookout for an NHL defenseman (I didn’t hear it live, but a twitter exchange of epic proportions brought it to my attention).
The current lineup (again based on a Gregor conversation with coach Krueger) might look like this currently:
- Schultz the elder-Schultz the youth
If the Oildrop were to add a defender, they would either need to IR someone, risk waivers on someone, trade someone in a deal or carry 8 defenders. Encouraging words anyway, nice to see the organization being reactive like this. One day, long in the future, PROACTIVE behavior toward roster holes would be greeted with approval.