There is nothing in this world like redemption, and in Oklahoma a trio of Oiler 2010 draft picks are badly in need of it.
- Tyler Pitlick was drafted 31st overall by Edmonton in 2010, right at the beginning of rebuild 2.0 for the Oilers. The saw him good crowd loved him and math suggested a pretty damn good EV scorer with some gumption. An uneven rookie season in the AHL gave way to an injury riddled year two, and there was a lot of question about his future based on a pretty serious injury. OKC pbp man Jim Byers told me last week that Pitlick’s performances since returning have been uneven, but there’s a lot of talent there. In his most recent games, he is 3, 0-2-2 +2 with 5 sog. Tonight he lines up on the 3line, trying to get his career back on track.
- Curtis Hamilton was drafted 48th overall in the 2010 draft, and since he’s turned pro has had injury problems and difficulty finding the range offensively. He is certainly considered a checker at this point in his career, but also has a hard time getting into the lineup (he is not listed as a starter this evening). He is 9, 2-1-3 recently, including a pretty breakaway goal but is miles from being what was expected.
- Ryan Martindale was selected 61st overall by the Oilers in 2010 and has been in Stockton much of his pro career. In his most recent 11 games, he is 1-1-2 -2 and looking for regular work. Martindale’s positives include good health and size (6.03, 207) along with the ability to play in the middle.
- Martindale 36, 6-8-14
- Hamilton 57, 5-4-9
- Pitlick 38, 1-6-7
Every draft pick begins with high hopes from player and organization, but at this point the club shouldn’t expect an NHL player among this group. That should be considered very poor return for #31, #48 and #61 in the 2010 draft.