Dillon Hamaliuk was a player that stood out to us at the beginning of the season. Every time he played, he made good things happen and his underlying numbers were good, making him a player to keep in mind throughout the rest of the season.
Unfortunately, the rest of his season did go as planned — he didn’t play after December, after suffering a lower body injury that even kept him out of the NHL Combine in May.
Despite him only playing half a season, he is someone that should be drafted in the second, third or fourth round. We’ll take a closer look at the Leduc-born winger.
- Age/Birthdate: 18 / October 30, 2000
- Birthplace: Leduc, Alberta, Canada
- Frame: 6-foot-3 / 201 lbs
- Position: Left Wing
- Handedness: Left
- Draft Year Team: Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
- AMHL Champion
- WHL Champion
2018-19 Stat Rundown
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Hamaliuk is probably one of the more physical wingers available in this draft class. He uses his large frame to dictate where he wants to take the puck. He gets in on the forecheck, bangs bodies, and does a good job mucking things up.
Sometimes he gets a little too aggressive looking for that hit, but not to the extent that we should worry over it. That said, he appeared to be battling ailments for a bit before shutting down for the season, and may be more effective if he just toned done that play a bit.
Hamaliuk has good hockey sense and soft hands that he uses to create offence with the space that he creates for himself and his teammates.
His shot is decent but he makes his mark in front of net as an imposing presence. He can jam pucks extremely well and is very good at getting the puck upwards in tight.
The major concern to his game is his skating. He has a decent top end speed but lacks two-step acceleration and agility. Which given his size isn’t the most surprising. If he can improve in those areas, he may be more effective.
In the defensive zone, Hamaliuk uses all those positive attributes to make life difficult for his opponents along the boards. His read of opponents is usually on point.
Overall, Hamaliuk will need to improve his agility on his skates but the total package suggests a really effective physical player that can make some good plays with the puck
Hamaliuk was traded to the Kelowna Rockets in advance of the WHL Draft this off-season and should get a chance to play a big role for them next season. He was really effective in the first half of this season to the point where I didn’t walk away from a game disappointed in his play.
There is still a need for bigger players that grind it out and Hamaliuk does that and more, which is what makes him attractive in this draft class.
Despite missing half the season, his pGPS is as follows:
Hamaliuk has about a 14% projected likelihood of becoming an NHL player, which is in line with a mid-to-late round pick. But he was clearly working through an injury in his final few games of the season which limited his impact and ultimately spelled the end of his season. When he was fully healthy to start the year, he produced at a more impressive rate.
He produced well compared to his teammates:
Seattle really struggled in the middle part of the season and then ultimately decided to pull the chute and trade off assets. They then got on a real hot streak and clawed their way into the playoffs. Unfortunately for Hamaliuk, he left when it wasn’t going great and thus his numbers suffered for it.
The T-Birds acquired Henry Rybinski to essentially fill the role vacated by Hamaliuk.
There is going to be some risk in taking Hamaliuk as there is limited definitive information about the prognoses of his injury. But he is going to head to Kelowna, and if healthy, get a big role for them. That seems like the perfect set up for him to turn some heads in his draft plus one season and look like a draft day steal for whoever takes him.
Rolling Season Data
Raw data for the charts used in this article came from eliteprospects.com and WHL.ca.
Some clips were pulled from videos from prospectshifts.com. Check out Dillon Hamaliuk’s page here (paywall). Other clips were pulled from original broadcasts, with all rights reserved for the original broadcast companies.
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