Dougie Hamilton‘s skill and talent level have been easy to see through the first quarter of his first NHL season. Occasional glimpses of that are to be expected of a first-round draft pick who many pegged as a fixture on the Bruins’ blue line for years to come.
However, it is a bit surprising that the 19-year-old has been so effective already. He’s been trusted to play important minutes for one of the league’s best teams, and he has rewarded his coach’s and his organization’s faith in him thus far.
The level of impact that he’s had in his first go-round in the NHL doesn’t come as much of a surprise to those who have seen him evolve into what he is now. Those same people also know that his development is far from over.
Much of Hamilton’s success (perhaps as well as his natural athletic ability) could likely be attributed to his upbringing. He’s the second son of two Canadian Olympic athletes. His father, Doug, was a rower who won a bronze medal in rowing at the 1984 Olympics and also...