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Julien thinks Hamill could be worth the wait

09.20.10 at 3:34 pm ET
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With plenty of attention on the center position with Marc Savard being held back from practices with post-concussion syndrom symptoms, Zach Hamill is an interesting name early on in training camp. The Bruins spent the eighth overall pick of the 2007 draft on the WHL draft, and after playing the last two seasons in Providence, his time could potentially come in the 2010-11 season.

“He’s definitely looked better,” Claude Julien said of Hamill after Monday’s intrasquad scrimmage. “I thought he impressed us in that last game against Washington last year. It was his first real opportunity, and I thought he did a god job. He’s one of those guys that keeps improving every year. Everybody’s different. Some guys make that quick jump, some guys take a few years to make that jump, but the one thing is that he’s gotten better and he’s going to deserve to be looked at and given a fair opportunity. We’re planning on doing that.”

The game to which Julien referred was Hamill’s NHL debut and only game with the Boston team to date. In the game, a 4-3 shootout victory over the Capitals, Hamill picked up an assist on a Michael Ryder goal in the first period. On Monday, he centered a line with newcomer Nathan Horton and Lane MacDermid.

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