With the ninth overall pick, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced the club has drafted 6’4’’ defenseman Dougie Hamilton with in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Hamilton, a 6’4”, 193-pound defenseman has spent the past two seasons playing with the Niagara IceDogs in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In 2010-2011 Hamilton tallied 12 goals and 46 assists for 58 points in 67 games while compiling 77 penalty minutes. He finished third in OHL Top Defenseman voting last year.
The 18-year old Toronto, Ontario native played in fourteen playoff games for Niagara in 2011, scoring four goals and tallying 12 assists for 16 points.
He played in 131 total games during his two years with Niagara, recording 15-59= 74 totals.
Older brother and IceDogs teammate Freddie was drafted to the San Jose Sharks in the 5th round, 129th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry draft.
A solid pick at #9 overall. He’s not the guy I thought they would take and hopefully he grows into that frame of his. Ever since Peter Chiarelli took over, the Bruins have verbally said they want to be a team that is hard to play against. One person I spoke to tonight said to me that he is, “a solid pick” and that he is, “very physical”
The Bruins traded their own first round pick (#30) to the Maple Leafs in the Tomas Kaberle deal last February so I would expect that they are done for the night.
The second round of the draft begins tomorrow - Saturday, June 26th at 10:00 a.m. ET.
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Written by Jim Mulligan