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Chiarelli wants Hamilton in the NHL

Sep 19, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

Dougie Hamilton #27 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 10, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Bruins defeated the Devils 5-4.
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli says the “goal” is to have defenseman Dougie Hamilton playing in the NHL, not the AHL, this season.

However, that doesn’t mean Hamilton is assured of playing time in Boston. Per, Chiarelli confirmed the 20-year-old will compete with fellow d-men Torey Krug, 22, and Matt Bartkowski, 25, for two spots on the B’s blue line. Which means — barring injuries to regulars Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, or Adam McQuaid — one of the three will be left on the outside looking in.

Hamilton played 42 games for the Bruins last season, scoring five times and adding 11 assists. However, he had his share of rookie struggles, most notably in the playoffs when he appeared in just seven games — none past the second round — as Boston made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

Ideally for Boston, Hamilton will earn a regular spot in the line-up, since sitting in the press box as a healthy scratch wouldn’t do much for his development. The ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft, Hamilton has the potential to be a franchise defenseman in the NHL.

“I thought Dougie had a good game [Tuesday versus the Capitals],” said Chiarelli, “he was strong on the puck and made some good plays and closed well as the game progressed.”

  1. jcmeyer10 - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    The one thing I miss of Seguin is his parents. So what do Hamilton’s parents think of this?

    • bekay19 - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      what ever that means…. kid is going to be a stud and there is no reason for the Bruins to rush his developmental.. give him time in the A, let him play 20 mins a night and both PP and PK. He will be up in the show in no time

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        “kid is going to be a stud”
        that’s what you used to say about Seguin too.

      • jcmeyer10 - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        I made a bad joke.

  2. spitfisher - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    He could the work to firm up, he appears rather dough-ie

  3. Jackson Scofield - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Me too, let’s relocate the Coyotes after the 5-year out clause. /troll

    • thesportsjudge - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM


      • Jackson Scofield - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        “Hamilton in the NHL”, just playing with the term to be Hamilton, Ontario instead of the player… also a complete joke, don’t even want that city to have a team to be honest.

    • nosefacekillah - Sep 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Quebec, here we come!

  4. amityvillefun - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Dougie has moments last season that he looked very poised, and other moments where you wondered where his head was at. But that is what being a rookie is all about – it’s a learning process. He wasn’t even expected to make the team last year! But he did.

    This kid has a pretty bright future ahead of him and could, someday, have his name mentioned alongside the great defensemen the Bruins have had. He does have some great skills already, and with a little more size and experience, he should be a tremendous asset to the Bruins.

    • nosefacekillah - Sep 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      The only reason he played in the NHL last year was his age. If he did not make the club he would have been sent back to juniors for the year. Once he was on the team he could not be demoted, only sat out.

      This year is different as it is his first year of eligibility for the AHL. I expect to see him spend significant time in Providence.

  5. hockeyflow33 - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I would think getting to work with Chara everyday would benefit him a great deal more than playing in the AHL

  6. lowenni - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    I’m not a professional scout, but I personally believe Hamilton is the most overrated prospect in all of hockey.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      He isn’t a prospect, he’s played a full season in the NHL

      • lowenni - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        Fair enough, and I didn’t necessarily mean prospect. I just mean that I think he’s a young player who many people project to be a future Norris candidate. I know he’s still young, but I don’t think his hockey sense is ever going to be Norris-worthy. Sure, he’s huge, skilled, and a solid skater, but I think analysts just look at those and then they think the sky’s the limit. I don’t think he’s going to reach his projected potential, although he should still be a very solid defender for years.

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