The Bruins 2011 first round draft pick (9th overall) Dougie Hamilton appears ready for the NHL and will be given the opportunity to play for the B’s this year. The 6’5 200 pound youngster is receiving high praise from the likes of GM Peter Chiarelli and Captain Zdeno Chara.
Chiarelli had mentioned before the lockout even began that he expected Hamilton to be in uniform for the Bruins this year. Hamilton has been a standout for his junior team the Niagara Ice dogs of the OHL for his prolific offensive ability as a defender as well as his tall frame and long reach. Dougie put up solid numbers for Niagara during the lock-out. He scored 8 goals and had 33 assists in 32 games.
Dougie is well aware of the transition to the bigger faster stronger NHL and knows he will have to hold back and play a more defensive game. He had this to say about it;
“In the NHL, there are not a lot of rushing defensemen and (the Bruins) kind of told me they like the ‘D’ to move the puck up and tran...