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Bruins just keep getting stronger, sign Dougie Hamilton

Dec 8, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

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Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins signed 2011 first-round pick Dougie Hamilton to a three-year entry level contract on Thursday—and the rich just keep on getting richer. It might not be the most surprising news of the week, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important for the Boston Bruins’ future.

If you aren’t familiar with Hamilton, you will be. Hamilton was the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft; one of the picks the Bruins obtained from Toronto in the infamous Phil Kessel trade. Hamilton was regarded as one of the best two-way defensemen available in June’s entry draft and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down this season. He’s already won OHL Defenseman of the Month honors twice this season and it’s only December. He received an invite to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp represent in hopes of representing Canada at the World Junior Championships later this month.  Things are going well.

It’s no wonder that GM Chiarelli expects the young Hamilton to compete for a spot on the Bruins’ roster next season. The 6’4” blueliner has a huge shot, knows how to play the offensive game, and can use his size in the defensive zone. At 18-years-old, he already looks like he’s ready to make the jump to the NHL. Just wait until he gets another year of season with the Niagara Ice Dogs.

Hamilton celebrated the contract in style tonight. One goal, two assists, three points, and the No. 1 star of the game. Not a bad way to commemorate the contract.

  1. mattjha - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    thanks to Brian Burke and the Maple Leafs for helping to build a Champion and perennial contender in Boston.

  2. andyreidisfat - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    As a flyers fan even I have to admit dougie is going to be a beast to deal with. Had cotierie ( or however the heck it’s spelled ) not still been on the board I wanted the flyers to take him.

    Boston is good this year but they will be even better next season when it fully becomes seguins team and this kid arrives. I look forward to a playoff rematch with the two teams this season and beyond

    • nhlbruins90 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:12 AM

      Actually, with realignment, you’ll be seeing us less. Hopefully, we’ll still meet often in the playoffs.

  3. nhlbruins90 - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    We’re a long way from this being Seguin’s team. He may (or may not) be the scoring leader, but that doesn’t make it his team. Chara’s team, Bergeron’s team? Yes. They’re leaders. Seguin? We’re four or five years from that even being a possibility.

    Welcome to Boston Dougie.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:29 AM

    Oh Brian Burke. I agree with Coach Reid (who I am sure takes full responsibility for his comment), that Dougie should be a force to be reckoned with.

  5. cshearing - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    I could not believe he fell to #9. There are a couple of teams ahead of that who will be kicking themselves in a few years, methinks.

  6. botlecap - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    it will be interesting to see if they bring back boychuck and/or corvo knowing they have this kid in the mix. he gives kampfer some strong incentive to pick up his game also.

  7. bertilfox - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Learn how to set your alarm in different time zones, young fellow!

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