Ryan Hamilton Assigned To Oklahoma City, Where Does He Fit In?

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Ryan Hamilton, playing winger for the Edmonton Oilers, seemingly was birthed into the Eakins system simply by default. Coach Eakins liked him in Toronto, let’s bring him over (along with Will Acton, but that’s for another post). He has only dressed in two games, recorded no goals, no assists, no shots, and a -2. He was never intended or expected to be an offensive juggernaut, but rather a third line checker. Most recently playing right wing, centered by Boyd Gordon, and flanked by Mark Arcobello, Ryan will be an interesting fit in Oklahoma City. But where?

Capable of playing left or right, you can bank on Hamilton being on the top two lines. Linus Omark won’t give up his spot on the top line, unless Hamilton is being swapped with Sir Linus, so you can expect him to play with a Barons player to be named later. I say this simply because the Barons have struggled to find any type of rhythm offensively. Hamilton likely won’t help in that department, but then again, he’s a player that notched a bunch of points in the AHL, and knows how to hit a minor league stride. This thought alone continues to have me convinced that he plays a first or second line role in the minors, which is a vastly different placement for him than he saw in Oilers country.

This could be interesting.