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CURTIS HAMILTON FOCUSED ON CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT

By Carter Baum, OKC Barons on 07/30/2013



Hamilton Focused on on Continued Development

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Curtis Hamilton’s first two seasons of professional hockey have been an adjustment for the Oilers’ 2010 2nd Round pick.

Hamilton put up 82 points (26-56-82) in 62 games in his final year of junior hockey with the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL. However, in 102 AHL games he has only 20 points (10-10-20).

“Everyone here is so much stronger and faster than in juniors,” Hamilton said. “It’s a bit of a step up, but I think I’ve done a pretty good of progressing. I think next year the ball is going to keep rolling and I’ll get a little bit better too.”

Hamilton’s season ended early this year due to a knee injury in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs against Charlotte, but he was still positive about his development.

“I think I was just a little bit more comfortable with things. I worked on a lot of things this year, like protecting the puck a little bit better.”

No stranger to injury, missing the finish to the 2011-12 season due to a knee injury and limited to only 26 games with Saskatoon in 2009-10 with ailments, Hamilton will have to recover once again for the 2013-14 year.

“I just need to make sure I take care of myself this summer and come back 100 percent,” he said.

When he gets back on the ice next season, Hamilton hopes that he will have a bigger role with the new Barons’ roster compared to his first two seasons.

“It’s been two years now and I hope this coming year I get more of an opportunity and more responsibility on this team,” he said. “There will be a bit of turnover and some better opportunities for myself.” 

 

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