Curtis Hamilton’s pro career isn’t going well. He’s suffered through some injuries and when healthy plays a depth role for the Barons. This is not the route expected for a 2nd rd pick, and at this point one suspects there are a few people in the organization that have moved on from him. If you don’t make progress, you get passed–that’s true in all walks of life (if you think it’s tough to go through, try having kids and watching them try and fail–or worse, try and tread water).
Curtis Hamilton was taken in the 2nd round of the 2010 NHL entry draft. Since then, he has been passed by two forwards (Kristian Pelss #181 overall 2010 (20, 1-7-8); Ryan Martindale #61 overall 2010 (41, 6-8-14) from that draft, and RNH and Nail Yakupov from the following drafts. The club also has men like Travis Ewanyk and Kale Kessy on the way this summer; Mitchell Moroz, Jujhar Khaira and Daniil Zharkov are a year away.
Pro hockey is a tough, tough business. I’d give Hamilton less than a 10% chance of recovering his Oiler career from here.
Hamilton’s been injured for much of his hockey career and that’s probably taken a toll. I imagine the Oilers have already chalked up the Hamilton draft as a sunk cost, but if he were my son I’d tell him this: you play for as long as the game is fun for you, as long as the dream remains for you.
Whatever day he retires and decides to do something else, he’s looking at most of a lifetime as a former pro hockey player. He has all the time in the world to pursue off ice interests, if hockey is his passion then he should keep on running up that hill, whether it be OKC, Minsk, Cologne or Edmonton.
I hope he makes it.