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Canucks sign former top prospect Hamill

Jul 25, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

Zach Hamill

The eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft, Zach Hamill, has signed a one-year, two-way (reportedly) contract with the Vancouver Canucks, the club announced today.

Hamill, a Vancouver native, has had a disappointing NHL career. The Bruins drafted the center while he was racking up points for the WHL’s Everett Silvertips; however, he’s spent most of his time as a pro in the AHL.

In 20 NHL games, all with Boston, Hamill has only managed four assists.

Now 24, and after stints with three different organizations (Bruins, Capitals, Panthers), Hamill is hoping to find success with the Canucks.

What are his chances?

Well, Vancouver’s third- and f0urth-line center spots are hardly set in stone, so we suppose there’s an opportunity there. We’d bet on Jordan Schroeder and Brendan Gaunce for those spots though.

Realistically, Hamill can probably expect to start the season with AHL Utica.

The Canucks also announced today that they’ve signed 31-year-old winger Colin Stuart.

  1. colby7 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Dont know much about him, but if he has been in Boston’s system this long I would expect him to beat out Shroeder or Guance for the 3rd line center job.

    Canucks signed him after training camp started, so I would think they might not be happy with what they saw for 3/4 C.

    • ballistictrajectory - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      He’s had his chances. Scores a big meh on the “I want the job” scale. Kid’s got talent but seems to think the work will be done for him.

    • elvispocomo - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      He’s not any better just by being in the Boston system for a few years, in fact him not having made it by this point should be a discouraging sign for most people. Schroeder and Gaunce will have a chance at the NHL this year, but Hamill is already written in (in pencil mind you) in Gillis’ AHL roster.

  2. kaptaanamerica - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    The guy was an 8th overall pick in 2007 and was on the black aces during the 2011 SCF… would have to assume either he was too far down on the centre depth chart in boston and didn’t get developed or that he’s got some issues. I think the guy might just need a change of scenery and knowing this is his last shot at a career.

    Might be a higgins, lapierre, anson carter like situation where the career is resurrected in Vancouver.

    • kfrase99 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      He got his change of scenery to Washington last year, he is skilled but undersized and shouldn’t develop to be anything more than a depth forward at the NHL level.

      • elvispocomo - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        The book on him is he’s incredibly skilled (stick handling, passing, shooting) but a perimeter player who can’t handle anything physical and is much to slow to succeed against NHL level talent. He’ll have a chance in the AHL though, assuming rumours about his life choices are overblown.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        not sure how much they would have put into him in development considering they only gave up chris bourque. in vancouver his hometown and where he has a support network, might be a different story provided he makes it up from Utica. he’ll get some quality chances with the Canucks organization. there’s a reason why they signed him, and vancouver has had success in helping guys reclaim their careers.

  3. dboldave - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    If he can block shots he may just make it in Vancouver!

    • mobojangles - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      you’re funny

  4. mobojangles - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    He’s the perfect Canuck. Afraid of contact, weak on the puck, and whiny.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      is that what the Bruins saw in him when they drafted him?

      cuz you know they would have seen those qualities before making him a no.8 overall pick, or could it be that they saw a highly skilled player who could be a solid two way center with the correct development.

      fyi, your foolish comment is overblown. crosby and Toesw are the two biggest cry babies in hockey….

  5. steelyd89 - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Zach is a pretty good guy. He had some issues with the coaches in Boston’s AHL system (one specific instance had him asking for some more ice time and maybe PP unit time and the next week he was on the 4th line). A change might do him good but I hope his attitude has gotten better from when I knew him. I’ve definitely heard some stories over beers with my buddies (I went to school with Hamill).

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