Barons Add New Defender, Andrew Hotham

The trend continues for the Oklahoma City Barons and GM Bill Scott that places ECHL defenders on an AHL team in need of consistency. It seems like a strange occurrence, but it’s one that has worked, and thus the team sticks to the gameplan.

Announced yesterday, the Barons have signed defenseman Andrew Hotham to a PTO. Hotham is most recently an ECHL defender whom has split time this season between Wheeling and Cincinnati. His ECHL successes are quite admirable. His rookie season (2011-12) with Wheeling he had 44 points in 52 games, made the all-rookie team, and was voted second team defense. This came after a lengthy OHL career as well as time at St. Mary’s of the AUS.

I typically like this kind of player. Strong junior numbers, a collegiate career, solid rookie season numbers, but the unknowns are just far too great for me to accurately gauge where he lands on the Barons and how he turns out. Here’s his numbers:

Andrew will skate this weekend in Oklahoma City. Nathan Deck, Kane Lafranchise, and now Andrew Hotham (you could lump Jordan Henry into that group as well) mark the lineage of ECHL defenders signed to the Barons this season. Fingers crossed.

Interesting tidbit. Andrew and his brother Scott, played for the same team in their hometown of Barrie, Ontario. As a Barrie Colt, Andrew was traded mid-season and thus away from his family and away from his hometown. But they took it in stride, “He taught me a lot through the years. He’s someone I really look up to a lot,” Andrew said. “It will be just as strange for them as it will be for (our parents) as it will for me and my brother.” (via Erie-Times News).

Official Release:

The Oklahoma City Barons signed defenseman Andrew Hotham to a PTO, General Manager Bill Scott announced.

Hotham, a 6-2, 185-pounder from Barrie, Ontario has split time this season between the Cincinnati Cyclones and Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. Through 30 games between the two teams, he has scored 23 points (5-18-23) and served 41 penalty minutes. He played the majority of last season with Wheeling, scoring 44 points (8-36-44) in 52 games. Hotham has played four AHL games, two with Rochester during the 10-11 season and two with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season. In all, he has played 100 professional games, scoring 70 points (14-56-70).

Prior to turning pro, he played four seasons at St. Mary’s University. In 109 games over four seasons, the 26-year old scored 148 points (34-114-148). Before his career at St. Mary’s, he competed at the junior level for four seasons splitting time between the Erie Otters, Barrie Colts and Saginaw Spirit. In 187 games over those four seasons, he recorded 137 points (36-101-137).

Written By - Neal Livingston

Born in the great state of Ohio, now nestled in the middle America we call Oklahoma, Neal is the head writer & chief farmhand at Tend The Farm -- a website dedicated to covering the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.