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.
Below is the middle third of Hockey's Future NHL Organizational rankings as voted by the Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.
Photo: Alexander Fallstrom is one of many complementary forwards in the Bruins NCAA prospect pool. (Photo courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
The Bruins drafting philosophy becomes pretty apparent when you compare their NCAA group to their European one: they boast nine skaters in the college ranks, to just one overseas. Obviously, the Bruins prefer to keep their talent close to home. The college group is led by Michigan State captain and recent free agent signing Torey Krug and former BC Eagles' captain Tommy Cross. The lone European representative, Maxim Chudinov was one of the best defenseman in KHL this year.
Photo: Dougie Hamilton is by far and away the top prospect in the Boston system and one of the top defensive prospects in all of hockey. (Photo courtesy of CHL Images)
The Bruins top-20 has seen a lot of change this season with players moving up and down the list, and in some cases, off the list entirely. However, the one constant this year has been the play of prized prospect Dougie Hamilton. Hamilton was a dominant offensive force throughout the year and made significant gains in his defensive play as the season wore on. Big risers for the Bruins this year were Maxim Chudinov and Brian Ferlin, while Zach Hamill, Anthony Camara, and Ryan Button dropped precipitously. The Bruins were also careful not to deal away any of their prime assets at the trade deadline and are poised to infuse their AHL affiliate with some quality players over the next two years.Read more»
Like all of his teammates, Canada defenseman Dougie Hamilton was hoping to avenge his country’s loss to Russia at last year’s WJC. Instead, Canada fell short of their goals as they lost to Russia in the 2012 World Junior Championship semi-final, 6-5.
Hamilton talked about the loss to Russia following the game.