In a surprising roster move, the Edmonton Oilers recalled forward Ryan Hamilton from the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday. There is no word yet if Hamilton will dress for Saturday night’s game against the Canucks in Vancouver.
If you go by Friday’s practice lines, it would appear that Hamilton may be a healthy scratch for Saturday’s game and could be used for Monday’s tilt against the New Jersey Devils. With a quick turn around after the game against the Canucks, head coach Dallas Eakins could slide Hamilton on to the fourth line and give either Luke Gazdic or Mike Brown a breather.
There has been no indication that any player is suffering an injury that would cause them to miss any playing time, making the Hamilton promotion a puzzling one.
Last season Hamilton spent the majority of his time playing for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, the same team that Eakins coached. The left winger played in 56 games, scored 30 goals and added 18 assists, promising numbers for a 28-year old still trying to crack a NHL roster as a regular.
He did play in 10 games for the Maple Leafs last year, recording just 2 assists and skating to a plus-1 rating. For his career Hamilton has 12 NHL games under his belt and is still looking for that elusive first big league goal.
Hamilton played in 6 of the 8 Oilers pre-season games and recorded 3 assists.