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Hamill sets up game-winner in rookie win over Leafs

The Bruins rookies got off to a good start during the preseason rookie tournament in Kitchener, Ontario with a 6-5 win over the Maple Leafs rooks on Monday afternoon. Center Zach Hamill, who the B’s expect to make a big jump in his second full year of pro hockey this season, totalled four points in the overtime victory, and set up the game-winning OT goal on a pretty give-and-go with Jamie Arniel. Adam Courchaine started in net for the Black and Gold.

Hamill experienced ups and downs during his first full season in Providence last year while battling through a thumb injury, but B’s officials hope that the soon-to-be-21-year-old undersized center can look toward David Krejci [1]as a model for success in the NHL [2]. The 2007 first round pick scored 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) last season, but is expected to make a big jump up in production from the pivot this season.

The B’s rookies will practice on Tuesday and then drop the puck against the Ottawa Senators [3] rookie team in another tournament game on Wednesday.