Two important cogs in the Barons machine over the next couple of weeks will likely be Ryan Hamilton and Jackson Houck. Hamilton, having played minutes recently with the Oilers, will head back to OKC while Andrew Miller tarries a bit longer in Oil Country. Likewise, Jackson Houck, an Oilers draftee two years ago, is allegedly signing an ATO to play with the Barons.
Hamilton will add scoring and consistency and health, but I’m most anxious about the WHL Vancouver Giants product, Houck, joining the team prior to signing any type of entry level contract. That means he is going to have to earn it, and earn it he will on the farm.
Houck, now 20 years old, just wrapped up his final season with the Vancouver Giants where he had relatively good numbers for the league and his age. 22 goals is off the pace that he had last season at 34, but he remains a pretty good player. One that the Oilers will likely sign to fill the Bakersfield roster likely next season. Yet stranger things have happened.