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Bruins coach Julien: Hamilton has “great chance” to make team

Oct 12, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

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The Dougie Hamilton love-in continued on Thursday when CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty caught up with Bruins coach Claude Julien.

Julien told Haggerty he took in a few of Hamilton’s OHL Niagara games on a recent scouting trip, and was blown away at the young defenseman’s game.

“Dougie is such a big player and he’s gotten so much stronger. He was just outstanding,” Julien said. “It was impressive to see him. I’d say he has a great chance to stick [in the NHL].”

Hamilton, taken ninth overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was called “the best defenseman outside the NHL,” by ISS director of amateur scouting Dennis MacInnis back in May.

Since then, the 19-year-old starred in the Canadia-Russia Challenge tournament and got off to a torrid start to the OHL season, racking up seven points in eight games with a plus-8 rating.

No wonder Julien’s excited about having Hamilton in a Bruins uniform.

“What I saw told me that he deserves the opportunity,” Julien explained. “I’d lean more toward him having a great chance [to crack the Bruins lineup] than not.”

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Now they have to keep him (at least) 10 years before he becomes a free agent… ;-)

  2. kingfooj - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    What team

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Seguin, Hamilton and millions saved for Kessel anyone?

  4. cloudniner9 - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Lets not forget Spooner, Knight and also Rask for Raycroft, thank you leafs, the futures so bright I got to wear shades.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      If you mention Rask for Raycroft, be fair and also mention Kaberle for Colborne plus pick.

  5. bruinsfan19 - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Well with all the times the bruins ripped off Toronto they don’t have to worry about one bad trade . Colborne wouldn’t have made the team anyway

  6. cloudniner9 - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    He wont even make the leafs

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