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Peter Chiarelli expects Dougie Hamilton to push for a job in Boston next season

12.08.11 at 7:51 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli met with the media prior to Thursday night’s game and said that he expects defenseman Dougie Hamilton, whom the Bruins signed to an entry level deal that day, to seriously compete for a job in training camp next year.

“I do,” Chiarelli said. “Based on what I saw [in this season's camp], and based on how I think he’ll develop, I think he will.

Hamilton has 11 goals and 31 assists for 42 points with the Niagara IceDogs in the OHL this season. If Providence’s season is still going on when Niagara’s season is over, Chiarelli said he would like to get Hamilton some time in the AHL on an amateur tryout agreement.

The B’s selected Hamilton with the ninth overall pick in June.

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