Fresh off winning the OHL and CHL Defenseman of the Year awards, Bruins top prospect Dougie Hamilton now gets a chance to show the Bay State how much he’s improved since he was drafted eighth overall in 2011 and attending last year’s development and training camps.
The Bruins’ 2012 development camp opened at Ristuccia Arena today, and during the more than an hour the Bruins spent on the ice one couldn’t help but watch the matured Hamilton as he moved his 6-foot-5 frame around the ice.
Although he’s not going to win an NHL job this weekend, Hamilton could use this year’s development camp as a starting point for his run to make the Bruins in the fall. For more on Hamilton, check out my CBSBoston.com column.
•Rumors have been rampant that Bruins 2011 second-round pick Alexander Khokhlachev would be heading to the KHL in his native Russia next season after skating for a couple years in the OHL. Both Khokhoclachev and assistant general manager Don Sweeney deferred comment on that matter to general manager Peter Chiarelli, who will speak about that situation later this weekend. No one, however, has denied that there will be some deal for the forward to play overseas should he fail to make the Boston roster in fall.
•The creases are a little crowded at this year’s camp with six goaltenders, including 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban, on hand. Subban said he’d never been to Boston before he arrived yesterday.
•Only Harvard forward Alex Fallstrom is unable to participate in camp because of an injury.