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Bruins’ Hamilton among prospects expected to attend training camps

Jan 6, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

Dougie Hamilton Getty Images

Along with trade talks and hasty free agent signings, one of the big training camp storylines will revolve around the many players hoping to make NHL rosters.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that several “junior-age” hockey players will get a chance to impress their teams in a short window of time. (It begs to mention many of them probably already made that decision.)

Since some have better chances than others and a few still need to be determined, here are three ways to categorize the possible invites:

Likely making the NHL: Dougie Hamilton*

He’s the one player McKenzie singled out as having an especially strong chance to start the season in the NHL. Interestingly, McKenzie also mentions that it’s unclear how games Hamilton can play for the Boston Bruins before it counts as a year against his entry-level contract.

The same question applies to these possible invites, if they make their teams:

Getting an invitation: Mark Scheifele, Jonathan Huberdeau, Ryan Murphy, Morgan Rielly and Mikhail Grigorenko.

One can only speculate how much of a chance each bright young player has to make it.

Undecided: David Broll, Phillip Danault, Mark McNeill, Brett Ritchie, Frank Corrado and Matt Dumba. (Dumba via the Minnesota Tribune’s Michael Russo.)

Teams that already decided not to invite prospects: New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames.

Please note that other prospects could be invited and that any number of factors make this list subject to change. Still, it’s an interesting morsel from McKenzie; which players could make their teams better right away?

* – Yup, he represents a pick involved in the Phil Kessel trade.

  1. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    I’m so excited for this guy

    • bcjim - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Im sick of hearing about him already and that pompous looking photo really irks me.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        Why, you must be a fan of a non-Bruins Northeast Division team! Welcome!

      • supercoop8 - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        How exactly is the photo “pompous looking”??

  2. gallyhatch - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    bigbadbruins77 I agree.

    I cant wait to see what this kid can do.

  3. dankpuffalot - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Completely average in World Jrs. More Cam Barker than Chris Pronger.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      He was really solid in the bronze medal game. If you’re basing it off the game vs the US, everyone on Canada played terrible

    • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      I’ll take Small Sample Sizes for $100, Alexei.

  4. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I only saw one game myself and he droppef aBomb Power play goal. At 6ft 5 and being so young. …future franchise player

  5. capesouth - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    He’ll get some decent playing time and some help from another big man in Chara. Pretty excited about the Bruins’ D. Hamilton, Chara, and Seidenberg…plus a thumpers like Boychuk and McQuaid. Yes please.

  6. titknocker - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Thank you Kessel…..Thank you Kessel!!!

  7. martysbetter - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Even the name “Dougie Hamilton” screams BOSTON – I have a feeling this kid is going to be very popular up there.

  8. jl9830 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    No mention of Ryan Strome? Can’t wait to see him in NYI camp.

  9. craigmaitland - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Bruins fans shouldn’t be too excited. This guy was a complete scrub at the world juniors.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      Not really, only in the game vs the US where everyone was bad

    • cloudniner9 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      What series did you watch, other then the USA game this kid was solid on the D, did you see those bombs from the point.

  10. sergeikremlin - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Hamilton looks like a great prospect, but he is not ready for the likes of Malkin, Giroux, and Stamkos bearing down on him. He’s phenomenal in the OHL, good against the best of his age group internationally, but he’s not NHL ready imo.

    • capesouth - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      If this guy isn’t NHL ready, nobody is. He is ready in the sense that he can make the transition, not that he is going to be a stud right out of the gates. I think most people expect him to have a mediocre first season. It is the future everyone is excited about. Pretty standard process for a top tier prospect.

    • heshutziscores - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      There is only one way to learn the speed and skill of the NHL game and it isn’t playing the OHL

  11. vipod4ever - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Brian Leach is who he reminds me. Will only get better, no reason not to get him in camp. Thank You Toronto…not getting tired of saying that.

  12. dankpuffalot - Jan 6, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Watched every minute of the games on NHL network. Let the media hype cloud your judgement all you want. I have no ties to east, just know what I saw with my own eyes and not what I read in an article.

  13. bruinsfan19 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Can’t wait to see Dougie on the ice and can’t wait for the season

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