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Bruins’ Hamilton: ‘I don’t feel like a rookie anymore’

May 18, 2013, 1:47 AM EDT

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Dougie Hamilton is still eligible to play in junior hockey playoffs.

However, at the age of 19, Hamilton is contributing to a Boston Bruins team that has an opportunity to make it back to the Eastern Conference final for the second time in three years.

Hamilton had an assist – his first career Stanley Cup playoff point – for the Bruins in Thursday’s overtime victory over the New York Rangers in the first game of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

He was a plus-two in addition to what he tallied on the score sheet.

He’s also seen a climb in his ice time during these playoffs. In his first two games against Toronto, Hamilton had 13:32 and 10:49, respectively, in time on ice. The last two games, he’s played 21:08 and 20:45 – the latter total coming in Game 1 against New York.

“I don’t really feel like a rookie or a new player anymore. I just feel like a guy that’s trying to take advantage of the situation that I’m in,” Hamilton told CSNNE.com.

“There’s more intensity. Every play matters, and you care about every play more. Guys are willing to work harder to not make mistakes. There are definitely some games during the regular season where it feels like the playoffs, but now there is consistently more intensity and more of a willingness to do what it takes to win.”

  1. 950003cups - May 18, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    I’ll never understand how the hockey gods gave the Bruins Seguin AND Hamilton in the same draft! In the same round!

    • 19to77 - May 18, 2013 at 2:27 AM

      Neither will I. Because they didn’t. Seguin was drafted in 2010, Hamilton in 2011.

  2. madmax80 - May 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    both picks were from the Kessel trade, but they were 1 year apart.

  3. bigbadbruins77 - May 18, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Thank you Toronto! You don’t like like a rookie either DOUG!

    • jcmeyer10 - May 18, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      C’mon call him Douggie. You know you want to. Plus I bet you call Sides, Sidenberg. It’s hockey, nicknames are part of the game.

      • bigbadbruins77 - May 18, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        Good point, I do like the Nick names, “segs, bergie, marchy”, but Dougie wants to be called DOUG now haha. I’ll give him that, since he’s not playing like a 19 year old rookie.

  4. madtolive5 - May 18, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Ugh you left off the most interesting part of that interview, when dougie said “meep meep meeeeep”
    Dr. Honeydew…I mean haggerty asks some real tough ones.

  5. ironmike778 - May 18, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    The jury is still out on Seguin. As we sit here today Kessel is far superior.

    • govtminion - May 18, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      While that’s definitely debatable- I’ve been a bit disappointed in Seguin at times myself- that still means we’re comparing Kessel to the underperforming Seguin, AND Dougie Hamilton, AND Jared Knight still developing.

      If the deal were straight up Kessel for Seguin, I’d at least give Burke credit. For two of the above, hell no. All three? And to a division rival? KNOWING at that point that the upcoming draft was the one that would have the Taylor Hall/Tyler Seguin duo coming down the pipe?

      Fair enough then. Kessel is superior to Seguin. Seguin is barely old enough to drink and has years to go on his development, let alone his career, and came with a future top-defenseman and a developing player as well. Please, keep Kessel in that case!

  6. malkinrulez - May 18, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    I’ll take Hamilton and Seguin over Kessel any day

  7. 950003cups - May 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    I forgot about them being drafted a year apart. I drink a lot, so that could play a role. But I do believe he will be a UFA after next season. So this whole deal could send him back to Boston in a year.

    • dolanster - May 18, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Boston doesn’t want Kessel. He didn’t have the heart, and that’s what the Bruins want in the players above all. Talent comes second, willingness to do what it takes comes first. Ask Joe Thornton.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 18, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Enough of this garbage that the Boston media fed you. You’re talking about a person who beat testicular cancer as a kid. Please tell me how he lacks toughness.

      • dolanster - May 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        I’m just talking about on the ice. I’m sure he’s a fine upstanding guy in street clothes who’d run into a burning building to save a puppy. I guarantee Kessel will never where a Bruins’ sweater again.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 18, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        Why would he come here? He was treated poorly by Bruins coaching, management and media. What makes you think he would even willingly sign here? If Seguin had not signed the long-term deal I’d say he would be gone soon too.

      • dolanster - May 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        It was someone else’s comment about Kessel coming to Boston that I was responding to. He’d never come back to Boston. Re: Seguin, he needs to improve, but he’s a kid. This is his second year, and a shortened season at that. Would you be giving up on Taylor Hall too?

      • hockeyflow33 - May 18, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        This is his 3rd year

  8. sabatimus - May 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    While Dougie’s been pretty good in the playoffs so far, the reason his ice time went up drastically is more due to the injured veterans on defense than it is his play.

    • nunan - May 18, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      He’s definitely been good but I was thinking the same thing. He’s playing more because of injuries and he’s on the ice with Chara, who has been a monster. Hamilton is a solid power-play QB though. I love when he’s walking the blue line, looking to make a pass or shoot it on net. He isn’t afraid to shoot and he’s a better playmaker than Chara. If they are feeling bold, it frees up Chara to play in front of the net on the PP, too.

  9. matthews4 - May 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    IDK about Kessel, but the B’s could bring in another scorer depending on who they deal or don’t deal. Ference is all but gone(thank god) with the good play of the young Dmen. I think Seidenberg could be gone as well. Then you look at Kelly & Peverly one or both are gone. They have to resign Rask & Horton, but that is potentially 11.5 million in space by getting rid of 3rd line players and now under performing Dmen. While Rask will get a healthy raise Horton will probably remain around 4 million. As good of guys they are in the room, the B’s can not pay 6.2 million for Kelly and Peverly.

  10. buffalomafia - May 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Good for you kid! Keep up the good work!

  11. cliverush - May 18, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    The deal the Bruins made was a great one especially when one considers the past and the refusal of the Bruins management (Harry Sinden) to build a winner. Remember when they would compete with a team that did not have the talent of the leagues best, but they never quit. Cam Neely I bet does.

  12. dolanster - May 18, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    If Rask doesn’t perform well and this series I’d be surprised if the Bruins step up to match other offers he’ll receive, given the goaltending talent they have in the pipeline. He’ll be looking for major cash, and he’ll get it, but not from Boston unless he takes us deep into the Conf Finals or beyond. After his regular season, I’d also be surprised if they elect to keep Horton. Kelly I’d keep. Peverley can go.

    • nunan - May 18, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      I think Rask sticks around, no matter what. Maybe his deal is not extremely long but he won’t go anywhere. Bs are patient with their young guys, especially goalies. Subban is at least a couple years away. Svedberg is great but they won’t expect him to step in as a starter in Boston..maybe a backup at most, if Khudobin walks. That leaves only Rask. As for the other players, I can’t disagree completely when it comes to Horton and Peverley but if they make a run to the finals, I think that changes things. Horton performs in the playoffs. Cap is going down though so those two would be the likely ones to leave. Horton will be a FA but Peverley won’t..something to keep in mind. Jagr is an obvious one too. He’ll be out. Ference will likely be gone since his contract is up and they have some strong D prospects to fill that one spot..probably with Bartkowski or Krug. Core is intact though!

      • dolanster - May 18, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        I’m not sure if Rask will want to stick. He’s restricted yes, but he can hold out. He’s going to be asking for +$5M and +5 years, and he’ll get offers like that from others who need a starter. Not sure the Bruins will be make him an offer that he loves, unless they go very deep.

      • nunan - May 18, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        Ya..I’m not sure how it will play out. Maybe they sign him to bigger money over a shorter period of time. Either way, I think these situations always pan out. There is no way the Bs let him walk, after all the investment they’ve put into him and all the potential he has. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets big money from the Bs. They’ve never been shy about signing their core players to big deals. I think the emergence of some of their prospects COULD help them financially, especially if Spooner and Bartkowski make the team next year. It at least helps to offset some of that money they lose in cap space.

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