Rookie Zach Hamill’s first NHL stint is probably over after just one game, as it would take a rash of unfortunate injuries to force the center into a game for the Bruins during their upcoming playoff series with Buffalo. But Hamill, who’s expected to be one of a handful of “black aces” sticking around to practice with Boston during the postseason, can take solace in the fact that he made a mark with general manager Peter Chiarelli.
“I thought Zach played a very good game yesterday,” said Chiarelli during a conference call to discuss the playoffs. “He picked up the pace of his game, which good players do when they’re promoted. I thought he made a lot of plays. One of the things we asked him to do was be strong in the D zone coverage; I thought, they scrambled a bit, their line a couple times, and he battled. And I still think he can be stronger defensively, like 1-on-1 battles down low.
“But his skill is indisputable, as is his vision and hockey sense. I think you saw that the way he moved the puck on the power play, the way he made one-touch passes. So I was happy with his game. He’s got work to do still, but I was happy the way he elevated his play at this level.”
Hamill registered an assist during 12:08 of ice time and drew a high-sticking call on Alexander Ovechkin in the Bruins’ shootout win Sunday.