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Scout calls Dougie Hamilton “the best defenseman outside the NHL”

May 11, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

Dougie Hamilton AP

The Toronto Star published a glowing profile of Niagara IceDogs defenseman Dougie Hamilton today that’s sure to make Leafs fans feel fantastic.

In case you don’t follow junior hockey too closely, Hamilton led all OHL blue-liners with 72 points in 50 games during the regular season and was named the league’s most outstanding defenseman for his efforts. On top of that, the big 18-year-old, who isn’t afraid to drop the gloves either, has 23 points in 19 playoff games.

Of course, Hamilton is perhaps best known as one of the three players the Boston Bruins drafted with the proceeds from the Phil Kessel trade to Toronto. (Tyler Seguin and Jared Knight were the other two.)

“I think Dougie Hamilton is the best defenseman outside the NHL,” Dennis MacInnis, director of amateur scouting for International Scouting Service, told the Star. “He’s got a terrific future in Boston. Can you imagine him and Zdeno Chara on the point on the Bruins power play?”

No disrespect to Joe Corvo.

Well, some disrespect.

As for the Leafs’ angle, it’s actually unfair to say GM Brian Burke traded away Hamilton. After all, Kessel scored 32 goals in 2010-11. Without him, Toronto might’ve finished much lower than 22nd and ended up with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog or Sean Couturier.

  1. govtminion - May 11, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    That last paragraph makes me actually cringe for Leafs fans… even as a Bruins fan I feel bad about reading that one. Wow.

  2. mgp1219 - May 11, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    The future is looking good for the B’s!

  3. cowboys282 - May 11, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    As if it wasn’t hard enough for Kessel to play in Boston.

    Toronto is learning the hard way that you don’t trade within the division. This could haunt them for many years to come.

    I understand how stacked the 2011 draft was but I still can’t believe Hamilton fell to 9th. It will be interesting to look back on this draft in a few years and see how it all worked out.

    • bcisleman - May 11, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      It being within the division made it worse, but it was always a horrible trade…which keeps getting worse for Toronto.

  4. sabatimus - May 11, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Kessel can score, but that’s all he can do–he’s basically a one-tool player with an attitude problem. By the way, the only thing good I have to say about Corvo is that he’s better than Kaberle…slightly….

    • govtminion - May 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      As my dad used to say, “…so is a swift kick in the nuts.”

      Toronto got fleeced on the Kessel trade and previously on the trade that gave Boston Tuukka Rask… Kaberle made up for the Rask trade at least. That was about as dismal of a performance as I could have imagined Kaberle putting on- and he got worse this year, somehow.

  5. pastabelly - May 11, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Even if he sucked, he’d be a major improvement over Corvo, Zanon, and others used in the first round. They couldn’t replace McQuaid.

  6. habsman - May 11, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    The league should demand that (Barnie Rubble head) Brian Burke should never, ever, ever be allowed to trade again with Boston.

    Not only did he screw himself and the Leafs, he set up a divisional opponent for the next 10 years. Now the Leafs will be competing for a playoff spot against young stars who should be in their lineup. Nice.

    Did he get a Stanley Cup ring last year?

    • danphipps01 - May 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      No kidding. Burke should’ve been GM of the year for all the improvements he made to the Bruins. =/

  7. arbruins - May 12, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    I thought for sure you would have said Collie was the mastermind behind this!

  8. bruinsfan1953 - May 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Hey Vanvover fans read this and weep > hows that Gold Medal goalie working for you ?

    • danphipps01 - May 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Something something Conn Smythe Trophy something something defending champions something something humiliated by a rookie goaltender in the first round.

  9. arbruins - May 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    This year is over…last years cup was too exhausting to bother repeating. I am actually relieved we didn’t go beyond the first round. So many championship teams…so little time. Here we go Boston, here we go!

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