Bruins select Dougie Hamilton with the 9th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
With the four best players left being defensemen the Boston Bruins drafted Dougie Hamilton from the Niagra IceDogs of the OHL. The Bruins were surprised to hear that Hamilton was still on the board at 9 overall and jumped to pick up the 6’4 defenseman.
The Bruins had an interesting decision to make considering how many defensemen were left on the board but picked where they were comfortable. Ryan Murphy was the most talked about player that the Bruins could have picked for his offensive prowess and Nathan Beaulieu wasn’t far behind with his great overall game. In the end Murphy’s size were a problem and they went with the surer pick in Hamilton.
What Bruins fans can expect is a big guy who can skate and has poise with the puck. Most 18-year-old d-men are awkward and robotic coming into the draft but Hamilton has a rare fluidity to his game. He can get the puck out of his own zone and chip in offensively when need be. He’s a raw player who many think could grow into one of the best players in this entire draft.
I’m excited to see how Hamilton grows in this defensive corps. With both Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg on the squad for the foreseeable future they should do more than enough to help Hamilton mature physically and mentally. Having big bodies like Chara and Adam McQuaid should be great assets to Hamilton. A future defensive corps of Chara, Seidenberg, McQuaid, and Hamilton will be one of the biggest and most physical in the league.
The pick also closes out the Phil Kessel Trade.
The Final Tally:
Maple Leafs get: Phil Kessel.
Not too shabby.