Hamilton secured a professional tryout agreement with Edmonton on Monday. Hamilton was with the Oilers' organization on a one-year, two-way deal last season, but spent the entire year with AHL Bakersfield and it appears the team was unwilling to commit to him long-term without seeing more. The 31-year-old spent several seasons in the AHL, but has only made 30 appearances in the majors, including a 16-game stint with Edmonton in 2014-15. Even if he makes the Opening Night roster, fantasy owners will want to look elsewhere for low-end value picks.
Hamilton had one goal and one assist in 16 games for Edmonton this past season. Hamilton is really little more than a warm body on defense and will likely find himself shuttling back and forth between the AHL and NHL once again next season.
Hamilton was reassigned to AHL Bakersfield on Friday, TSN reports. In a largely unannounced move, Hamilton was returned to the AHL before suiting up for the Oilers. The 30-year old has played 30 NHL games in his career, and captains the Bakersfield Condors.
Hamilton has been recalled from AHL Bakersfield on an emergency basis. Edmonton placed Benoit Pouliot (lower body) on injured reserve, opening a roster spot for Hamilton, who recorded six goals and two assists in 18 games with Bakersfield this season.
Ryan Hamilton was placed on waivers Sunday, according to the Oilers web site.
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