Major junior update: Hamilton’s hot for Niagara

Hamilton/By S. Bradley

If the Bruins had any questions about Dougie Hamilton’s offensive upside, the young defenseman is answering them all this season in the Ontario Hockey League.

Boston’s 2011 first-round pick has been on fire.

Heading into Thursday night’s game against Oshawa, the Niagara IceDogs blueliner ranked ninth in the OHL with 23 points (seven goals) in just 14 games. He’s way ahead of the rest of the OHL’s defensemen in all three offensive categories.

The IceDogs are just 7-6-0-2 so far, but Hamilton is a plus-3. On Thursday, Hamilton was named the OHL Defenseman of the Month for October. What a great start to Hamilton’s tenure in the Bruins’ organization.

Here’s a quick look at how some of the Bruins’ other major-junior prospects are faring:

Jared Knight, London (OHL)

In 14 games, Knight, a 2010 second-round pick, has posted 9-5-14 totals and a plus-12 rating. But London has been ranked No. 1 in the MasterCard CHL poll for several weeks and the Knights already hold a nine-point lead on Owen Sound for first place in the Midwest Division.

Ryan Spooner, Kingston (OHL)

The Frontenacs sit in last place in the East Division (2-11-2-1) and Spooner, Boston’s other 2010 second-round pick, has started slow. He’s scored just four goals in 14 games. His nine points ranks fourth on the team.

Alexander Khokhlachev, Windsor (OHL)

Even if the Spitfires are nothing more than a .500 team, “Coco” is still off to a hot start. He leads the team with 13 assists and 17 points. He’s also minus-2 on the year.

Anthony Camara, Saginaw (OHL)

Although the Spirit is another last-place team, Camara has posted 3-9-12 totals in 16 games. He’s also just minus-5 with 29 PIM.

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