Claude Julien has had nothing but good things to say about Dougie Hamilton, but the Bruins head coach took it to a new level on Wednesday night.
Julien continued his praise when asked about Hamilton following Boston’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Rangers. The coach continued his complimentary ways, lobbing praise at his rookie defenseman.
“Anybody who watched the game tonight had to see that this guy was outstanding,” Julien told reporters. “Not good, outstanding. He was so poised and confident, and if anybody thinks he can’t play in this league, they should take some time and watch this game.
Hamilton looked a little shaky in the early going of his first road game as an NHL player. The 19-year-old was caught out of place for the second of Marian Gaborik‘s two first-period goals. He also forced himself out of position when he went for a big hit in the neutral zone and couldn’t deliver.
Perhaps most encouraging, though, was how Hamilton responded. He showed instant improvement in the sec...