Curtis Hamilton scored 2 goals last night for the Oklahoma City Barons. He was +2, had 6 shots-on-goal and according to Neal Livingston was also effective on the penalty-kill. This is the best game statistically in Hamilton’s pro career, and only the second time he has posted 2 points in a pro game. Hamilton is coming up on the end of his three-year entry level deal, so I’ve chosen this time to look back on the 2010 draft, Hamilton and how it all fell apart.
Hamilton (you may remember) had all kinds of injuries during his draft year, and scout Mike Remmerde had this to say leading up to the 2010 draft:
- Curtis Hamilton / LW: If they still had the opt-in rule, his agent might tell him to wait until next year. Two broken collarbones adds some uncertainty. I was hoping he’d answer the questions this year I had about his somewhat soft style of play, but that didn’t really happen this year. Has good hockey sense and some hands, but I can’t decide if this guy could be a steal outside of the top 100 picks or too much of a risk. I think I’d just let some team with extra 3rd/4th round picks grab him.
The Oilers draft list lined up with Bob McKenzie’s early that season, as they took his #1 and #20 selections from the TSN mid-season list. The Oilers and I agreed on the number one overall pick, and as day two dawned the top of their list looked just like mine. Hamilton? I had him 66th overall that year, right behind Joey Leach. McKenzie had him #57 on the final list.
I loved the draft in 2010. They didn’t go walkabout (well, a little with Marincin) until later on and I felt the top of the draft (Hall, Pitlick, Marincin) was pretty stable. safe and reasonable.
- Overall impressions: A good, good draft. Hall clearly is going to be the story of this draft, but nice value in the second round (Pitlick, Marincin) and later (Davidson) tell us the Oilers set up their draft board well. I also like the Hamilton and Bunz selections, leaving only the Martindale pick as a question mark (they drafted for need) among the team’s most dear selections. I think MBS is an outstanding scouting director and if he can find a way to push those “saw him good” picks back another round he’ll be even better. Blain, Czerwonka, Pelss and Jones are probably scouts picks, payment for all those nights driving to little towns all over the world in search of the next Taylor Hall. These men are going to be under pressure to deliver more than an average number of NHLers to the show for the next several seasons and it looks like they’ve delivered this season. Report card day is around 2015 summer. See you then.
It isn’t 2015 summer yet, but Hamilton is likely going to be in Europe or with another NHL team’s AHL farm club next season—unless this two goal, 6 shot outburst is a reflection of increased playing time or a return to health (Hamilton missed the beginning of the year on injury rehab). Here’s what we said about him on draft day, and you can click on Hamilton ‘categories’ label to read more. At this point, I’m a fan wishing him the best. There isn’t much left to say, he needs a Hail Mary to get a second contract and with Mitchell Moroz, Jujhar Khaira and a flock of Russians coming he needs it soon.
THE 2010 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
- TOTAL PICKS: 210
- TOTAL OILER PICKS: 11 (5%)
- TOTAL NHL PLAYERS SO FAR: 57
- TOTAL OILERS NHL PLAYERS SO FAR: 3 (5%)
- TOTAL NHL GAMES PLAYED SO FAR: 2,850
- TOTAL OILERS NHL GAMES PLAYED SO FAR: 211 (7%)
The Oilers 2010 draft is basically Taylor Hall and two cups of coffee (Tyler Pitlick, Martin Marincin) but there’s still some miles of track to go. I think we can already put a check mark next to Hall, and Pitlick-Marincin are in the good column at least for now (unless you don’t feel Pitlick’s NHL performance showed him to be worthy, I know there has been a lot of resistance to the Pitlick selection over the years).
After that, Hamilton and Martindale are winding down their entry level deals and I can’t say there’s much to suggest they’re going to be NHL players. Brandon Davidson was recalled this fall but has struggled badly this season, I haven’t heard anything about injury but he’s not progressing from last year’s accomplishments. Blain, Bunz, Czerwonka and Jones are not trending as NHL prospects of note, and of course Krstians Pelss passed away in one of the saddest events we’ve encountered as Oiler fans.
Hamilton photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved.