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Report: Former top prospect Hamill will likely play in Europe

Dec 19, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

Zach Hamill

Zach Hamill has been placed on unconditional waivers by the Vancouver Canucks, according to the Vancouver Province.

The belief is that Hamill and the Canucks plan to terminate his one-year, two-way contract so that he can sign in Europe. He was set to earn $75,000 at the AHL level and there are likely more lucrative opportunities for him across the ocean.

At one time he was a dominant force with the WHL Everett Silvertips, which led to him being taken with the eighth selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. San Jose claimed Logan Couture with the following pick.

Unfortunately, Hamill’s career never took off. He managed just four assists in 20 NHL games and hasn’t even played at that level since 2011-12.

He has three goals and nine points in 21 games with the Utica Comets in 2013-14.

  1. terrier92 - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    A great example of the fine line between an NHL level player and others. Kid has great skill, can shoot, skate & pass yet …….

    I suggest going to an AHL game and focusing on one of the top players out there. Watch his game and ask yourself what exactly is missing from his game that keeps him from the show. I am telling you you will figure it out if you watch close enough and most times it is a very subtle. Poor decsion making at high spped, too slow to react to opportunity etc

    I suggest to anyone who ttrashes a guys skill to remember it is all relative to who they play with-the level of competition. Go on the ice sometime and skate with an ex pro and you will be astounded at how skilled all theser guys are. Hockey is a pleasure to watch.

    • withseidelinn - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Agreed, I played shinny a few weeks ago with a guy who was drafted by the Blues. He was extremely out of shape, hadn’t played competitive hockey in probably 30 years but you could still tell he had a knack for making perfect tape to tape passes and could protect the puck far better than anyone else out there. Also could completely wire it still.

      • imleftcoast - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        If you play the game, you realize it isn’t fair to trash guys. I have a lot of respect for the players. The commentators boil it down to drive, effort etc. But there are a ton of factors, and it’s tough game to master. Some guys make it look easy, but it’s not.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        Getting to play with former pros is such a treat. The craziest thing is when you play with former enforcers that everyone claims can’t skate, etc and they just absolutely dangle everyone without even trying.

  2. redwinger6 - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    A lot of times it comes down to how hard they work A lot of guys have the talent, but they can get by on talent alone without putting in a lot of effort or playing 2 way hockey at the lower levels. That’s why you see guys who score at a point or game or better in the AHL, but can’t hack it in the NHL when they’re expected to go to the hard areas of the ice and play defense. I remember when Grand Rapids had guys like Michel Picard and Don MacLean. Great scorers, but they had about as much interest in back checking as a politician has in telling the truth all the time.

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