|New CHL/NHL transfer agreement could allow Dougie Hamilton to play in OHL and NHL||09.07.12 at 3:42 pm ET|
While the Bruins announced some bad news regarding a potential lockout Friday by canceling their rookie camp, they have gotten some good news when it comes to having their top prospect in the 2012-13 season.
General manager Peter Chiarelli said that the NHL and CHL are in talks regarding a new transfer agreement that would allow players to start a locked out season with their junior clubs and then go to the NHL mid-season if there is to be a season. Chiarelli said he is unsure of how many players the B’s would be able to take back, but he said defenseman Dougie Hamilton would be their priority.
Because there had been no precedent set in the previous lockout (the season was cancelled rather than starting late), teams and players were unsure as to whether junior-eligible players (under 20 years old; Hamilton is 19) could start the season with their junior teams and then jump to the NHL. It appears now that they most likely will be able to, though it is not yet official and just how many players can do so remains unknown.
“We’re told they’re working on an agreement, and we’re told that there will be the ability to take players, in the event of a work stoppage, and it cutting into the CHL [Canadian Hockey League] season,” Chiarelli said. “There will be some type of ability to take players from their respective CHL teams. So, I’m hoping that that will be finalized, but at the very least I’m told that it’s expected to happen in the agreement. So, I mean, to the extent – I don’t know how many we can take, and I know that they haven’t done the agreement yet, but they’re working on it. So yes, if we can take one, I can tell you that [Hamilton] will be the one.”
|What the NHL CBA situation means for junior-eligible players||08.20.12 at 2:22 pm ET|
Here’s a minor detail that should get some more attention if the league and NHLPA don’t agree on a new CBA by Sept. 15: What happens to the younger players with junior eligibility?
The current agreement between the NHL and CHL states that players under the age of 20 that don’t make the NHL after the first nine games of the season have to be returned to their junior clubs (in the OHL, QMJHL and WHL) for the rest of the season. Those players are not eligible to play in the AHL.
Because the 2004-05 season was cancelled entirely and the following season started on time, there was no precedent set during the last lockout for NHL-ready players starting the season with their junior clubs and then going to the NHL when the season started. There isn’t a rule in place to cover such a scenario, so an amendment to the NHL and CHL’s transfer agreement — which recently expired, making this all the more confusing — would be required.
Per a league source, teams are still waiting to be advised on which players will be allowed to play in the AHL should there be a lockout. The source assumed that the potential amendment of CHL/NHL eligibility would also be discussed at that time.
In the 2004-05 season, all NHL players (meaning players who had played in the NHL, not NHL-ready prospects) under the age of 22 were allowed to play in the AHL. Patrice Bergeron — who had played the previous season in Boston — was among them, and in this case a player like Tyler Seguin would be allowed to play in the AHL since he is 20 years old.
The question for the Bruins, as touched upon in Sunday’s column, is what would happen with 19-year-old Dougie Hamilton. He’s expected to make the Bruins out of training camp this season, but if he starts the season in the OHL with the Niagara IceDogs, the NHL and CHL would need to amend the transfer agreement to allow players in his situation to go to the NHL. It would be hard to imagine the CHL drawing a hard line and not allowing players to leave, as their relationship with the NHL has prevented them from losing young stars (such as a Hamilton last year) to the AHL during normal seasons.
|Malcolm Subban, Dougie Hamilton lead Canadian Junior team past Russia||08.09.12 at 4:57 pm ET|
A pair of Bruins prospects stole the show in the first game of the four-game Canada-Russian challenge Thursday as Canada beat Russia, 3-2, in Yaroslavl.
Malcolm Subban, Boston’s first-round pick (24th overall) in June’s draft, was named Canada’s player of the game as he stopped 19 of 21 shots, 11 of which came in the third period. One of the two goals he yielded was to Nail Yakupov, the first overall pick by the Oilers.
Subban wasn’t the only Boston prospect to come up big for Canada, as defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored an unassisted power play goal in the second period that proved to be the game-winner. The two countries will play again Friday before the series concludes with a pair of games Monday and Tuesday in Halifax.
There was a moment of silence prior to the game to remember the members of KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl who lost their lives in last year’s plane crash. Among the victims were former NHLers Ruslan Salei, KÃrlis SkrastiÃ Ã ¡, Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev.
|A national view of Bruins prospects||07.23.12 at 9:57 am ET|
ESPN released its organizational prospect rankings last week (ESPN Insider account required), with the Panthers and revamped Wild taking the No. 1 and 2 spots, respectively. The Bruins were ranked eighth (they were 14th last year), and having an elite NHL-ready blueliner like Dougie Hamilton certainly had a lot to do with that.
Writes Grant Sonier:
The 2012 draft did not yield much for the Bruins, other than highly touted, athletic goaltender Malcolm Subban (Belleville-OHL). Previous drafts, however, should have B’s fans excited as one of their top prospects has really matured well. D-man Dougie Hamilton (Niagara-OHL) will have a chance to play big minutes and should turn heads in camp this fall. Forward depth is among Boston’s assets in the form of Jared Knight (London-OHL), Alexander Khokhlachev (Windsor-OHL) and Ryan Spooner (Sarnia-OHL).
Sleeper Prospect: Tyler Randell, RW, (Kitchener-OHL/Providence-AHL) (sixth round/2009) I like his combination of size, grit and skill. His skating is on the upward swing and he shows potential.
To clarify, Kohkhlachev will play next season in the KHL, not OHL, and we’ll add another potential sleeper in 2011 third-round pick Anthony Camara. The Barrie Colts forward is tough as nails and has added some offense to his game over the last season, scoring 16 goals in 2011-12 after totaling eight in his draft year.
For a sense of where the Northeast Division stands, the Canadiens were ranked third, the Sabres were 12th, the Senators were 14th and the Maple Leafs were 22nd.
|Bruins add more defensive depth, sign Aaron Johnson||07.18.12 at 2:25 pm ET|
The Bruins have signed defenseman Aaron Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract.
Johnson, 29, played 56 games for the Blue Jackets last year, registering three goals and 16 assists for a career-best 19 points. He had a minus-12 rating.
Johnson has bounced around in the league since being drafted by Columbus in 2001, as he played in the Islanders, Blackhawks, Oilers, Predators and Flames organizations before returning to the Blue Jackets last season.
The former third-round pick played the entire 2010-11 season in the AHL for the Milwaukee Admirals, notching nine goals and 26 assists for 35 points and 70 penalty minutes. He had a plus-10 rating in the AHL in 2010-11.
The fact that the Bruins have now signed a few fringe-NHL blueliners in Johnson, Garnet Exelby and brought back Matt Bartkowski without signing any true top-6 defensemen suggests that the team is indeed expecting Dougie Hamilton to make the team next season. Any one of the aforementioned three signings could serve as a seventh defenseman at the NHL level.
|Ryan Spooner shines as Bruins prospects wrap up development camp||07.02.12 at 2:41 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins’ sixth annual development camp is in the books, as the B’s prospects finished the six-day camp with a power skating session and a scrimmage Monday at Ristuccia Arena.
Forward Ryan Spooner was the star of the day, scoring two goals for the white team in the black and white scrimmage. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli called Spooner “one of the usual suspects” when it comes to players pushing for an NHL job this season along with fellow 2010 second-round pick Jared Knight and defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Both Knight and Spooner will head to the AHL if they don’t make the team out of camp, as they finished their junior careers last season in the OHL.
More to come from camp.
|Dougie Hamilton breaks down Malcolm Subban the defenseman||06.28.12 at 2:00 pm ET|
WILMINGTON – Dougie Hamilton and Malcolm Subban will be connected by their shared status as top picks of the Bruins. Think of them as the Tyler Seguin and Joe Colborne — two high-profile players taking part in 2010’s development camp — of this year. Unlike Seguin and Colborne, Hamilton and Subban’s connection goes a lot farther back.
Though they’ve only been the same organization for less than a week, Hamilton and Subban have shared the same ice since they were kids. As young players growing up in Ontario, the two often played against each other — both as defensemen, as Subban didn’t start playing goalie until he was 12. Since then, they’ve been OHL opponents, with Hamilton being a star player for the Niagara IceDogs and Subban between the pipes for the Belleville Bulls.
“I grew up always playing against him,” Hamilton said Thursday of Subban. “We were always in the same league, and we were talking [Wednesday] about the days when we were both defensemen. I still remember, we were both rushing defensemen, and in those games it was me and him.
“He probably could be here as a defenseman too, but he’s obviously a pretty good goalie, so it’s definitely fun to have him here.”
Given that both players have older brothers — Freddie Hamilton (Sharks) and P.K. Subban (Canadiens) — their parents even became friends from “always seeing each other at the rink,” according to Hamilton.
On the ice Thursday, Hamilton and Subban could be seen chatting from time to time, including during stretches in a photo-opportunistic scene in which the Bruins’ last two first-round picks grinned as they conversed.
For as long as they’ve known each other, Hamilton has known Subban’s talent, regardless of which position earned him his status as a first-round pick.
“As a D, he was pretty fast,” Hamilton said of the now netminding Subban. “He could skate and pretty much do everything. As a goalie, I haven’t seen him too much, but I know he’s pretty athletic and can make pretty spectacular saves and the easy ones as well. I’m excited to be here with him.”
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