Different standard for prospects

Robert Tychkowski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:45 AM ET

PENTICTON, B.C. - Winger Curtis Hamilton had a fantastic junior season, putting up 82 points in 62 games for Saskatoon, but that was then and this is now.

The minute he signed a contract with the Oilers, he knew he’d be held to an entirely different standard.

“Expectations are a little bit higher this year because I’ve been signed and they expect me to be a contributor wherever I end up playing,” said the 6-3, 214-pound left winger who opened the scoring in Sunday's game against Vancouver. “It’s a good step for me. This tournament is a big stepping stone in showing them that they made the right choice. It’s a good way to gauge where you’re at with everyone else.”

Hamilton had a great prospects camp, and a very good main camp last year, but says he he’s grown a ton since then.

“By leaps and bounds,” he said. “Playing a full year in junior and getting a chance to play in the World Juniors, and my first Oilers camp last year, a lot more hockey and a lot more experience. It’s a good thing for a young player to go through.”

STRONG SILENT TYPE

In a tournament where getting noticed is Priority One for most kids, Colten Teubert is taking a different tact.

“I just want to play my normal game,” said the big defenceman, who wore the C for Edmonton’s prospects Sunday night against Vancouver. “Be physical and play the same game I played in Oklahoma City, just play solid.

“You can’t be too flashy out there because everybody is running around at 100 miles an hour trying to make an impression, just play solid and play safe. If you’re doing too much and you’re getting noticed for the wrong reasons, then you’re in the doghouse for sure.”

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