Ryan Hamilton spent five years in Marlies blue-and-white, but much like Will Acton, he’s following Dallas Eakins to the Oil.
Hamilton, who was the Marlies captain for the last two years, has signed a two-year deal with the Oilers.
At 28, Hamilton has been primarily an AHL player. In seven seasons as a pro, Hamilton has only suited up for 14 pro games, and spent over 450 games in the minors. Over 421 regular season games spread across the Marlies and Houston Aeros, Hamilton has helped out offensively to the tune of 233 points (129-104). Though his offensive numbers aren’t staggering, Hamilton brings good size — he stands 6’2″ and weighs nearly 220 lbs. — and leadership to the farm. He won’t challenge for any scoring titles, but Hamilton is the kind of player most minor league clubs would love to have — size, skill, and a steady veteran presence.
Hamilton signed with the Minnesota Wild in 2006 as an undrafted free agent, but was later shipped to Toronto in exchange for Robbie Earl. After a series of one-year deals with the Leafs, it’s nice to see the Oshawa, Ont. product get some job security.
Like Acton, Hamilton had spent a few seasons under the tutelage of Dallas Eakins, and it’d be interesting to know how much Eakins’ signing on in Edmonton influenced the two signings.