With all due respect to the once famous “Sheriff” from Winnipeg, Shane Hnidy was a major drop-off for the Bruins by the time he returned to the team to add depth to the defense corps for the 2011 run to the Stanley Cup championship.
Many like to call the time around the trade deadline the “silly season.”
When it comes to coach’s comments, one could also apply that title to the playoffs.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday he sat out Dougie Hamilton against the New York Islanders to give the rookie a rest.
But after practice Friday, Julien didn’t declare the 19-year-old part of Boston’s lineup against Carolina Saturday night.
Hard as it is to believe in calendar year 2013, there are still coaches in the NHL that think the best way to coax young players to perform at the top of their games in the present and thrive in the future is to lambast them on the bench and criticize them through the media.
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 drafted Dougie Hamilton ninth overall last June with designs on him developing into a franchise defenseman.
His rise to elite status continued this season with the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL, and today he was rewarded for his efforts. Hamilton was revealed as the winner of the Max Kaminsky Trophy, which goes to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman of the Year. Hamilton was third in the voting for the award last season.
Team Canada was relegated to the bronze medal game after a semifinal loss to Russia last night at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
While that’s a bit of a disappointment, several of the top NHL prospects who were wearing the maple leaf this week impressed scouts. Among those that stood out were Bruins prospect Dougie Hamilton.
BOSTON — The Bruins today moved to advance 2011 first-round pick Dougie Hamilton’s career by signing the defenseman to an entry-level contract.
Hamilton is skating for the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League and currently leads all OHL defensemen with 41 points.
Two of the Bruins’ 2011 draft picks have been on fire seemingly since the first day of the 2011-12 season.
Both Dougie Hamilton and Brian Ferlin were rewarded for their efforts with grand recognition yesterday.
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.
By now we all know about Dougie Hamilton’s size, vision, passing ability and fluid skating.
What we found out Tuesday night in the Bruins’ Black an White Scrimmage down in Providence was that he also possess a solid helping of courage and determination.
BOSTON — As expected, Bruins’ 2011 first-round pick skated a lot of practics drills these first three days of camp and some shifts in today’s scrimmage at TD Garden alongside captain Zdeno Chara.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins first-round pick Dougie Hamilton was a popular topic of conversation today at Ristuccia Arena on the first day of rookie camp.
Earlier this week, I blogged out the stiff competition Bruins 2011 first-round draft pick Dougie Hamilton faced this week in the defense corps at Team Canada’s World Junior Championship team evaluation camp.
Hockey Canada is holding its national junior team evaluation camp through Sunday in Edmonton with intentions of getting a read on what players it wants to take to the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in December.