Dougie Hamilton
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Dougie Hamilton

Hometown:

Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-06-17

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

1st round (9th overall), 2011

Weight:

199 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Dougie Hamilton played for the St. Catharines Minor Midget Falcons, appearing in 67 games for that club.  He scored 20 goals and added 33 assists for 53 points.  The Niagara Ice Dogs chose Hamilton in the second round, 27th overall, of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection.

2009-10: Hamilton played in his OHL rookie season with the Ice Dogs.  In 64 games, he scored 3 goals and 13 assists for 16 points.  He played in 5 playoff games for the Ice Dogs, picking up 1 assist.  Hamilton played for Team Ontario at the World U-17 Junior Challenge, picking up 1 assist in 6 games for the silver medal-winning squad.

2010-11: In 67 games for the Ice Dogs, Hamilton scored 12 goals and chipped in 46 assists for 58 points.  His point total placed him fourth overall in scoring among OHL defensemen.  Hamilton played for Team Orr at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, scoring a goal in the 7-1 Orr victory.

2011-12: Hamilton was named the top defenseman in Canadian major junior hockey and skated for Canada at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. Playing for a powerful Niagara Sea Dogs squad along with his older brother Freddie, a forward and Sharks prospect, Dougie Hamilton led all OHL defensemen in scoring with 17 goals and 55 assists in 49 games. He missed ten games due to a suspension for an illegal hit to the head and was plus-37 with 47 penalty minutes. Niagara finished first in the Central Division and reached the OHL Finals. Hamilton scored 5 goals with 18 assists and was plus-15 with 16 penalty minutes in 20 playoff games. Playing for bronze medal-winning Canada at the WJC, he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was plus-7 with 6 penalty minutes. Hamilton signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Bruins in December, 2011.

2012-13: Hamilton joined the Bruins for his rookie season after skating in the 2013 World Junior Championship and playing for the OHL's Niagara IceDogs during the NHL lockout. In 42 regular season games he scored 5 goals with 11 assists and was +4 with 14 penalty minutes; averaging 17 minutes of ice time per game. Overshadowed by the exploits of fellow rookie Torey Krug in the Bruins' run to the Stanley Cup finals, Hamilton played in 7 of 22 playoff games and had 3 assists. In six games for Canada at the WJC he was +3 with 1 goal and 1 assist. Canada lost to Russia in overtime of the bronze medal game. Hamilton played 32 games for Niagara, scoring 8 goals with 33 assists, and was +25 with 32 penalty minutes.

 

Talent Analysis

Immense, mobile defenseman who excels in all three zones. Born of Olympic bloodlines, Dougie Hamilton’s athleticism shows in his skating, where he has the speed to recover and catch players if he gets beat on a pinch, the mobility to turn and retrieve dump-ins before opposing forecheckers, and the shiftiness to carry the puck and beat defenders one-on-one. As of this writing Hamilton is 6’5” but he’s grown an inch and a half over the course of the season so he may in fact top out in the 6’6” range.

In terms of game play, Hamiton is a strong defender, he has an active stick that he uses to break up players trying to beat him one-on-one and to disrupt passing plays. Reads the play well. Jumps up and joins the rush whenever the opportunity presents and, as a converted winger, is also comfortable carrying the puck and leading the rush. His ability to break up offensive forays combined with his ability to join the attack make him a potent transition threat. He sees the ice well, particularly on the breakout and can recognize both short and long-distance passing options, though he could use some work on his touch when going for distance. In the offensive zone he walks the line well, rotates with forwards, and looks comfortable pursuing the play down low. Has a big point shot and a heavy one-timer that he’s eager to use at the top of the umbrella on the power play. Is highly intelligent both on and off the ice. Also has a burgeoning physical game and shows a penchant for big open ice hits.

 

Future

He will not be handed a spot in training camp as a starter, but the Bruins hope he can make a significant jump this season after a somewhat “Jeckle and Hyde” season last year. Hamilton’s size and mobility could make him an asset on one of the Bruins power play units.

 

Boston Bruins 2012 draft preview

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Photo: Drafted ninth overall in 2011, defenseman Dougie Hamilton is not only the top prospect for the Boston Bruins, but among the top defensive prospects in all of hockey. (Leon T. Switzer/Icon SMI)

 

Thanks to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins have spent the last two years drafting inside the top 10. This year, they're back to drafting in the bottom third of the first round, but if the rumors are to be believed, Boston General Manager Peter Chiarelli is actively trying to remedy that situation and move up high enough to grab one of the premier defensemen available.

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Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the All-Star teams for the 2011-12 OHL regular season.

Both clubs competing in the Rogers OHL Championship Series are well represented on all three All-Star teams with the Niagara IceDogs leading the way with four players, followed by the London Knights with three players.  IceDogs’ All-Stars include Defenceman of the Year Dougie Hamilton on the first team, goaltender Mark Visentin on the second team, and overage forwards Alex Friesen and Andrew Agozzino listed as third team All-Stars.  The Knights are represented by Scott Harrington on defence for the first team along with Goaltender of the Year Michael Houser.  Forward Seth Griffith was voted to the second team at right wing.
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Photo: Alexander Fallstrom is one of many complementary forwards in the Bruins NCAA prospect pool. (Photo courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

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NCAA

Torey Krug, D, Michigan State Spartans (CCHA)
Signed as a free agent, March 25th, 2012

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Photo: Though the OHL has many talented defensemen, few if any bring the unique combination of size, skill, and skating that Dougie Hamilton (BOS) does. (Photo courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

Over the past few years, the Ontario Hockey League has been well known for its ability to send talented forwards to the professional ranks. But their blue line-production prowess – possibly aided by playing against that proliferation of elite forwards – has been nothing to shake a stick at.

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