When the Edmonton Oilers announced over the summer that they’d acquired Ryan Hamilton it barely caused a ripple. Having already made their splash with Andrew Ference David Perron and Boyd Gordon signing a 28-year-old career minor leaguer had “Oklahoma City depth move” written all over it. He’s getting noticed now though. Mostly but not entirely because it’s hard to fly under the radar when Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle are your co-pilots. One look at the 6-foot-2 220-pound winger’s linemates in training camp and for the first exhibition game of the season suggests he might just have a chance to change his destiny. “It’s pretty special to play with two talented players like that” said the former Toronto Marlies captain. “Those guys are exceptional players and it’s a lot of fun to play with skill like that but I’m not trying to change my game and play like they do — I’m just trying to play my own game.” But Eberle says Hamilton who had 30 goals in 58 AHL games last year isn’t exactly a square peg skating with round holes out there. In fact he rather liked seeing a big body with some decent skill added to the training camp mix. “He’s a big strong guy who can skate and play the game” said Eberle. “He’s fast he can move he can stick handle. He gets in on the forecheck well he works hard. I’m excited to see what he can do in Calgary (Saturday). “Sam and I are not big guys so if you can add somebody with a little weight and physicality who can get in on the forecheck and help with puck retrieval... he could be a good addition.” In today’s NHL contracts often have a bigger say in who makes the team than coaches do and Hamilton is behind a lot of guys on one-way deals but if he makes the Oilers an offer they can’t refuse … it’s not like this team is in any position to turn away 220-pound wingers who can play.
Ex-Marlie Ryan Hamilton eager to fit in with Oilers
Edmonton Sun | Sep 14