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BLOG: Why Hamilton Chose Edmonton

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers signed former Toronto Maple Leafs winger Ryan Hamilton in free agency this off-season.

“I’m just real excited to be here and help out anyway I can,” said Hamilton.

The Oilers forward has familiarity with Head Coach Dallas Eakins from his time in Toronto. It was one of many reasons why he selected Edmonton as his free agent destination.

“It was an accumulation of things. I got to be a free agent for the first time and see what options I could have. I was really excited to get an opportunity here in Edmonton.”

Hamilton was named the captain for Eakins’ Marlies team in Toronto.

“Obviously, I have a lot of respect for Dallas. He’s been my coach for a few years now and I’m just real excited to be a part of this organization. It’s an exciting team with all of the young players and they are on the verge of trying to win now.”

Hamilton is 28 years old and has played in just 12 NHL games.

In the Oilers pre-season opener against the Calgary Flames in a split-squad game, Hamilton had an assist on the game-winning goal by Martin Marincin.

Career Regular Season Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2002-2003 Barrie Colts-OHL 24 3 2 5 10
2003-2004 Kingston Voyageurs-OPJHL 14 1 5 6 23
2003-2004 Barrie Colts-OHL 46 17 10 27 21
2004-2005 Barrie Colts-OHL 37 13 11 24 6
2005-2006 Barrie Colts-OHL 63 46 26 72 58
2005-2006 Houston Aeros-AHL
2006-2007 Houston Aeros-AHL 62 7 9 16 -8 36 2 0 3
2007-2008 Houston Aeros-AHL 72 20 19 39 13 38 7 0
2008-2009 Houston Aeros-AHL 29 8 4 12 -13 24 4 0 3
2008-2009 Toronto Marlies-AHL 36 7 6 13 2 33 0 1 1
2009-2010 Toronto Marlies-AHL 47 16 9 25 -3 37 2 2 3
2010-2011 Toronto Marlies-AHL 45 16 13 29 5 21 1 1 2 84 19.0
2011-2012 Maple Leafs 2 0 1 1 -1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0
2011-2012 Toronto Marlies-AHL 74 25 26 51 5 36 11 2 1 137 18.2
2012-2013 Maple Leafs 10 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 6 0.0
2012-2013 Toronto Marlies-AHL 56 30 18 48 3 31 7 3 5 116 25.9
NHL Totals 12 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 7 0.0

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