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Chiarelli anticipates top-propsect Hamilton experiencing “hiccups” next season

Sep 9, 2012, 11:08 PM EDT

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After being taken with the ninth overall pick in 2011, Dougie Hamilton could make the leap to the NHL directly from the OHL in 2012-13. He’s coming off a great 2011-12 campaign and shone in the Canada-Russia Challenge.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli thinks highly of Hamilton, but it still wouldn’t surprise him if Hamilton hit some rough patches along the way, according to the Boston Globe.

“I saw him play in the Russian-Canada challenge series this summer,” said Chiarelli. “He’ll have his hiccups, because he’s young [19] and he’ll be new to the pro game, but he’s an outstanding prospect.

“He’s got size [6 feet 5 inches, 200 pounds], strength. A smart and skilled player with range. The danger is you oversell him, of course. But he’s very good.”

The Bruins have enjoyed some recent success developing another very talented prospect straight out of the OHL: Tyler Seguin.

Seguin left something to be desired in his rookie season and the Bruins limited his playing time, but he broke out last season. Hamilton could end up going down a similar path.

“No question, he’ll have to cope with a feeling-out period,” said Chiarelli. “But I think you’ll see him evolve quickly into a well-rounded player.”

Of course, it’s hard to talk about the upcoming season and not think about the fact that the current CBA is set to expire on Sept. 15. However, it’s worth noting that the NHL will reportedly have access to CHL players even if the season starts late.

  1. habsman - Sep 10, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Obviously as a Habs fan it pains me to see two young players (Seguin-Hamlton) of this caliber on the Bruins. But it’s got to be worse for Leaf fans. Imagine the Leafs competing year in and year out for a playoff spot against two young stars who should be in their line -up. Thanks Burkie, thanks alot. The Kessell trade set-up a divisional foe for the next ten years. The worst part? He said he would do it again if given the oportunity. Idiot.

  2. stickbewooden - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    I think it pains you more Habsboy…This is comeuppance for the Habs having exclusive rights to Quebec lads for all those years…(oh, that’s fair to the other five teams)

    Bruins look real good for quite a while…

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