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CURTIS HAMILTON FOCUSED ON CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT
By Carter Baum,
Hamilton Focused on on Continued Development
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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