The Boston Bruins traded Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for a first round pick and two second-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft. The three picks Boston received are the 15th, 45th, and 52nd in what promises to be the deepest draft in over a decade.
Although the move will likely be unpopular among Bruins fans, it suggests that the team expected to lose Hamilton to an offer sheet this summer. If Hamilton would have signed an offer sheet to another team, and the Bruins did not match it, the compensation would have been a first, a second, and a third-round pick.
In this deal, one of the picks is a round higher.
Hamilton is a 6’5 defenseman with a terrific shot, and good mobility. Through three seasons with the Bruins, he had 22 goals, 61 assists, and 83 points in 178 games. Despite his size, he is not known for being particularly physical, but once he grows more accustomed to his giant frame, should become as much of a force against the glass as he is from the point.
Hamilton would have been Chara’s natural successor as Boston’s top defenseman in due time, but the team was obviously unable to agree to what insiders say would have been $6-7 million dollar contract, similar to what Drew Doughty and Erik Karlsson make.
The deal certainly makes the day more interesting, and if you believe the hype, there is more on the way.
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