The Edmonton Oilers announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with Tyler Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton on one-year contract extensions. Both players were second round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft and both players are heading into make-or-break seasons.
Hamilton joined Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now and acknowledged the pressure on himself heading into this year.
“It’s kind of now or never for guys like myself,” Hamilton said. “This is my fourth year now with the organization. I need to take the next step.”
What Hamilton has going for him is that he believes he is coming off his best year as a professional with the Oklahoma City Barons in the AHL.
“Especially late in the year,” he said. “Some guys were hurt and the Oilers had some guys hurt as well so there were some guys called up. Right around Christmas I was starting to play some good hockey and then I was injured unfortunately. When I came back after a couple of weeks of getting back at it, I was a good player for us in the playoffs and contributed quite a bit. I think I just need to start the year off like that again and I’ll be fine.”
Hamilton is 6-foot-2 and over 210 pounds. He feels is size could benefit the Oilers and their system and could help him make another jump in his career this season.
“With the Oilers, everyone talks about how they have smaller forwards. With myself being a bigger forward I think that’s something that is valuable in the organization and something they are looking to add on, even with some of the young guys they’ve brought in. There is a chance for me in this organization to go out and play some good hockey.”