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Dougie Hamilton ready to wait for NHL, but needs weight for NHL 07.07.11 at 5:04 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Ninth overall pick Dougie Hamilton is the second blue-chip NHL draft prospect in as many years to highlight the Bruins’ annual development camp, as he was the star at Ristuccia Arena Thursday, a year after Tyler Seguin came in as the No. 2 overall pick last summer. Unlike Seguin a year ago, Hamilton is not expected to make the NHL roster this season, and figures to head back to Niagara of the OHL for a third season. The Bruins’ defensive group is already more than full, with Steven Kampfer and Matt Bartkowski a likely training camp battle for the seventh spot. Given where the Bruins sit in the NHL and their defensive situation, Hamilton doesn’t figure to be overwhelmed with trying to force his way in.

“I don’t think there’s really any pressure,” Hamilton said Thursday at Ristuccia. “I want to be an NHL player, and I’m working as hard as I can to make that happen. I think whatever the staff wants to do with me, and whatever’s best for my development, I’m happy with that. I just want to be a dominant player in the NHL one day. Whatever it’s going to take is what I want to do.”

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the draft came when the Islanders passed on Hamilton’s service with the fifth overall pick last month. Their selection of Hamilton’s Niagara teammate in center Ryan Strome allowed the defenseman to fall to nine, where the B’s scooped him up with Toronto’s pick.

While joining the Bruins figures to cost him a shot at the NHL next season, their success has proven that he’s joining a team who have used their youngsters the right way.

“I think it just shows how well the staff does with their players,” he said. “If a team doesn’t have good prospects coming up and good players in their system, I guess they’re not doing something right. Boston’s obviously doing something right, and it’s good to be a part of that, and it’s going to be a fun couple of years to develop and become an NHL player.”

Coming off a 58-point season for the IceDogs, the most important for the 6-foot-5 defenseman figures to be weight. Weighing in the 190-pound range, the Toronto native clearly needs to bulk up before he can become the top-pairing blueliner he is projected to one day be.

“For sure [I need to gain weight],” Hamilton said. “I’ve gained a lot of weight this summer, and over the last couple of years I’ve grown so much. It’s kind of been hard to fill out and fill into my body. [There are] some uncoordinated points because of the growth, but right now I’m just trying to stay strong. I guess you don’t really need to be that big if you’re still strong. It would definitely be nice to put on some weight.”

Hamilton says that his target weight is somewhere in the neighborhood of 210-220 pounds.

“It’s kind of cool for me thinking about that,” Hamilton added, “just because it would allow me to a lot more dominant out there.”

Dominance is what the Bruins should one day expect from Hamilton. Though he does not yet look the part of a top defenseman, the lanky and bright-eyed teenager (he turned 18 last month) compares himself to Rob Blake, a comparison with which B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli agrees.

For now, Hamilton and the other newcomers to development camp are there to meet one another and make a good impression on the organization.

“[He's] a big boy, moves really well for a kid that’€™s 6-foot-4,” B’s assistant GM Don Sweeney said Thursday. “I like his overall approach to the game. He looks like he wants to get up ice and is conscientious about his one-on-one play. It’€™s a small sample size, obviously, but based on all of our games we watched him play, he’€™s a well-rounded player that has a lot of room for continued development so we’€™re really excited to have him.”

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Bruins development camp preview 07.06.11 at 7:18 pm ET
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With the Bruins’ development camp set to begin Thursday, it will be interesting to see whether the hype from winning the Stanley Cup will match the turnout the B’s got from fans eager to get a glimpse of Tyler Seguin last year. The final day of last year’s camp drew 1,200 fans, who packed into Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, filling the rink.

While the two biggest names — Seguin and top prospect Joe Colborne, the latter of whom was sent to Toronto in the Tomas Kaberle trade — will not be in attendance, there will be no shortage of players to watch as the camp opens. Here’s the list of players set to attend, and a look at a few noteworthy ones.

Forwards: Anthony Camara, Craig Cunningham, Alexander Fallstrom, Brian Ferlin, Justin Florek, Josh Jooris, Jared Knight, Alexander Khokhlachev, Brett Olson, Tyler Randell, Eric Robinson, Ben Sexton, Ryan Spooner

Defensemen: Ryan Button, Marc Cantin, Tommy Cross, Dougie Hamilton, Robby O’€™Gara, Steven Spinell, Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky

Goaltenders: Zane Gothberg, Mike Hutchinson, Lars Volden

All six members of the Bruins’ 2011 draft class will be in attendance in Hamilton, Khokhlachev, Camara, Ferlin, O’Gara and Volden. For a recap of the Bruins’ draft, click here.

Here are five players to watch over the five-day camp:

NEWCOMERS

Dougie Hamilton, defenseman

Draft: First round (ninth overall) of 2011 draft

Why he’s worth watching: The fact that the Bruins have seven NHL defensemen signed and ready to go for the coming season provides proof that general manager Peter Chiarelli wasn’t kidding when he said he didn’t expect Hamilton to make the team this year, but Hamilton is easily the Bruins’ top defensive prospect. The lanky defenseman doesn’t have the pizazz that Seguin, a flashy forward, had in last year’s camp, but he carried a legitimate top-five grade heading into the draft and figures to be top-pairing defenseman when he reaches the NHL. He’ll undoubtedly be the biggest name among the players in attendance this week.

Alexander Khokhlachev, forward

Draft: Second round (40th overall) of 2011 draft

Why he’s worth watching: Khokhlachev might be the most intriguing player in attendance, as it was hard to pin down a certain range where he could commonly be found in mock drafts. Some had the Russian forward potentially being a first-rounder, while others had him going low in the second round. His scoring touch is what people ogle over, and he had a four-point game against Kitchener last season, his first in the OHL. He finished the regular season with 34 goals.

FAMILIAR FACES

Ryan Spooner, center

Draft: Second round (45th overall) of 2010 draft

Why he’s worth watching: Spooner can consider himself the OHL big shot among the players in Wilmington this week, as he racked up 81 points between Peterborough and Kingston last season. He ended last year’s rookie games in style, scoring both goals (the second of which sealed the game in overtime) of the B’s 2-1 win in the second of two games vs. Islanders rookies.

Jared Knight, right wing

Draft: Second round (32nd overall) of 2010 draft

Why he’s worth watching: The choice with the second-rounder acquired in the Phil Kessel deal, Knight had a career-high 70 points in the regular season for London (OHL) last year. A native of Michigan, Knight finished last season with Providence, playing three games for the Baby B’s and picking up two assists.

Tommy Cross

Draft: Second round (35th overall) of 2007 draft

Why he’s worth watching: Until the B’s drafted Hamilton ninth overall with the Maple Leafs‘ first-rounder last month, Cross was actually the highest selected defenseman of the Chiarelli era in Boston. Knee issues (he suffered a baseball injury that hurt his draft stock) have plagued the Boston College blueliner him since the Bruins selected him. Cross scored the game-winning goal in overtime over Boston University in the Beanpot semifinal game last year.

Here’s the schedule of events, courtesy of the Bruins:

Thursday, July 7 (Wilmington, MA)
-Fitness testing at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, 9:30 a.m. ET (closed to public/closed to media)
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 1:15 p.m. ET
-Media availability will take place after on-ice practice ends

Friday, July 8 (Wilmington, MA)
-On-ice workout, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. ET
-Media availability will take place after on-ice practice ends

Saturday, July 9 (Wilmington, MA)
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. ET
-On-ice workout, Ristuccia Arena, 11:45 a.m. ET
-Media availability will take place after on-ice workout ends
-Off-ice workout at 1:30 p.m. ET (closed to public/closed to media)

Sunday, July 10 (Wilmington, MA)
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
-On-ice scrimmage, Ristuccia Arena, 11:15 a.m. ET
-Media availability will take place after scrimmage ends
-Off-ice workout at 1:00 p.m. ET (closed to public/closed to media)

Monday, July 11 (Wilmington, MA)
-On-ice workout, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
-On-ice scrimmage, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m. ET
-Media availability will take place after scrimmage ends
-Off-ice workout at 12:30 p.m. ET (closed to public/closed to media)

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Dougie Hamilton, others to attend Bruins’ development camp 06.29.11 at 11:21 am ET
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The Bruins announced the roster for next week/month’s (July 7-11) development camp on Wednesday. Development camp, held at Ristuccia Arena, is where the big-name draft picks can be seen on the ice for the first time in a Bruins’ sweater, and the arrival of Tyler Seguin made it an absolute zoo last year. This time around, fans will get to see the likes of defenseman Dougie Hamilton (taken ninth overall last week) and forward Alexander Khokhlachev (40th overall).

Here is the list of players attending:

Forwards: Anthony Camara, Craig Cunningham, Alexander Fallstrom, Brian Ferlin, Justin Florek, Josh Jooris, Jared Knight, Alexander Khokhlachev, Brett Olson, Tyler Randell, Eric Robinson, Ben Sexton, Ryan Spooner

Defensemen: Ryan Button, Marc Cantin, Tommy Cross, Dougie Hamilton, Robby O’€™Gara, Steven Spinell, Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky

Goaltenders: Zane Gothberg, Mike Hutchinson, Lars Volden

Courtesy of the Bruins, here’s the schedule of the events, which will be run by Providence coach Bruce Cassidy:

Thursday, July 7 (Wilmington, MA)
-Fitness testing at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, 9:30 a.m. ET (closed to public)
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 1:15 p.m. ET

Friday, July 8 (Wilmington, MA)
-On-ice workouts (closed to public)

Saturday, July 9 (Wilmington, MA)
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. ET
-On-ice workout, Ristuccia Arena, 11:45 a.m. ET

Sunday, July 10 (Wilmington, MA)
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
-On-ice scrimmage, Ristuccia Arena, 11:15 a.m. ET

Monday, July 11 (Wilmington, MA)
-On-ice workout, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
-On-ice scrimmage, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m. ET

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That’s a wrap: A look at the Bruins’ 2011 draft class 06.25.11 at 2:33 pm ET
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The Bruins’ 2011 draft is in the books Here’s a quick recap of the newest additions to the organization, along with some video:

FIRST ROUND

Ninth overall: Dougie Hamilton, D, Niagara (OHL)

Hamilton fits the cliche of the guy the team couldn’t have expected to be available when they were picking. Many figured the 6-foot-4 defenseman would be a top-5 pick, and when he was there, the B’s grabbed a well-rounded defenseman who figures to be a top-pairing blueliner in the NHL, though Peter Chiarelli figures he needs “at least” another year of seasoning before he plays in Boston. That means a third season in the OHL for Hamilton is a safe bet.

Chiarelli compares the 18-year-old Hamilton to Rob Blake, with Hamilton likening his style to Blake, Jay Bouwmeester and Brent Burns.

There shouldn’t be much pressure on a guy like Hamilton to be rushed. Given how high his ceiling is as a physical, strong-skating and offensively savvy defenseman and the fact that the B’s have good enough blue line depth, the B’s can let him continue to develop without having to rush him to the show.

SECOND ROUND

40th overall: Alex Khokhlachev, F, Windsor (OHL)

The 17-year-old Russian can play center or wing, and he scored 34 goals this past season for the Spitfires. Last season was his first in the OHL, and he led all rookies with 20 points in the playoffs.

THIRD ROUND

81st overall: Anthony Camara, LW, Saginaw (OHL)

Camara is the tough guy of the Bruins’ 2011 haul. He totaled 132 penalty minutes this past season for Saginaw, and simply plugging his name into YouTube will yield some OHL bouts of his. Camara stands at 6-foot-0 and 194 pounds. He scored eight goals and had nine assists in 2010-11. He is committed to attend Cornell.

FOURTH ROUND

121st overall: Brian Ferlin, RW, Indiana (USHL)

The first non-OHL player selected by the B’s in this draft, Ferlin scored 25 goals and chipped in 48 assists for Indiana in 2010-11. The Jacksonville native stands at 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds.

FIFTH ROUND

151st overall: Rob O’Gara, D, Milton Academy (HS)

The New York native is set to attend Yale, making it two future Ivy Leaguers chosen by the B’s in this year’s draft. He scored two goals and had seven assists for Milton Academy this past year.

SIXTH ROUND

181st overall: Lars Volden, G, Blue Jr. (Finland)

Though he played in Finland last year, Volden actually hails from Norway. The B’s have now spent sixth-round picks on goaltenders in two straight years, as they added Zane Gothberg with the 165th pick last year. Volden had a 2.46 goals against average and .907 save percentage for Blues Jr. in 2010-11.

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Peter Chiarelli says Dougie Hamilton is ‘at least a year away’ 06.24.11 at 11:41 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday night that he does not expect defenseman Dougie Hamilton, whom the team chose with the ninth overall pick in the NHL draft, to play in the NHL next season. If the 18-year-old doesn’t make the Bruins, he will return to Niagara for another season in the OHL.

“I’€™d say he needs a little more development,” Chiarelli said of the 6-foot-4, 187-pound blueliner. “He’€™s still fairly skinny. He has to be stronger, but you never know. You never know how he’€™ll have his summer, but my guess is that he’€™s at least a year away.”

The Bruins did not bring Hamilton in for a workout, and it was a surprise to the team that he was available with the ninth pick. Hamilton was ranked the No. 4 North American skater by Central Scouting.

“We basically said that we don’€™t have to bring this fellow in,” Chiarelli said. “If he’€™s there, it’€™s a no-brainer so we didn’€™t have to see anything extra on him. That’€™s how strongly we feel about him.”

If the Bruins are assuming that Hamilton will be in Niagara, and not in Boston, next season, this pick should not impact how the team approaches Tomas Kaberle this offseason. The team has had talks with Kaberle’s agent, and if the B’s are to retain him on a three-year deal, Hamilton could still come in for the 2012-13 and have a spot open if Johnny Boychuk, who is in the last year of his deal, does not return. Andrew Ference‘s deal is up in two seasons, so the Bruins are set to see a couple of defensemen’s contracts expire over the next couple of years.

While picking Hamilton doesn’t hurt any of those guys directly right now, it could eventually make things tough for the Steven Kampfers and Matt Bartkowskis of the world.

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Dougie Hamilton not sure whether he’s ready for NHL just yet at 10:53 pm ET
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Perhaps in a sign that the team may have not expected him to be available with the ninth overall pick, the Bruins did not host Niagara (OHL) defenseman Dougie Hamilton for a pre-draft visit. Hamilton, ranked the No. 4 North American skater in the draft by Central Scouting, slipped to the B’s in Friday night’s draft, and they selected the 6-foot-4, 187-pound blueliner.

“I didn’€™t visit there to interview but I met them at the Combine. I was maybe supposed to go visit them but it didn’€™t happen,” Hamilton said after being chosen. “I heard that they liked me and I’€™m just happy to be a Boston Bruin.”

Hamilton did make it to Boston for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, as some of the top prospects in the draft attended the game at TD Garden and spent the day there.

“We got to go in the room and meet a bunch of the guys, and talk to Tyler Seguin and guys like that, just got to watch the game and pregame skate,” Hamilton recalled. “The fans were basically standing the whole time and cheering, so that picture is in my head right now and it’€™s exciting.”

As for whether he’ll be in Boston next season, Hamilton said he’ll do what he’s told, and that either scenario will work for him.

“I have no idea,” Hamilton said when asked if he’s ready for the NHL. “It just depends what the Bruins want to do and I’€™ll be happy with whatever.”

Once he gets there, the big defenseman knows that he won’t be considered the big guy on the Bruins’ blue line given that captain Zdeno Chara stands at 6-foot-9.

“That’€™d be pretty special,” Hamilton said of potentially being paired with Chara at the next level. “I wouldn’€™t be the bigger D partner, that’€™s for sure, but I’€™m just going to work as hard as I can during the summer and hope for that opportunity.”

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Teach me about Dougie: A look at Bruins’ draft pick Dougie Hamilton at 9:27 pm ET
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While you may not see him in Boston next season, the Bruins have added what they hope is a major piece of their future in Dougie Hamilton. The Niagara (OHL) defenseman wasn’t expected to be on the board at the ninth overall pick, but the B’s were able to snatch up the big defenseman, ranked as the fourth-best North American skater in the draft. One reason for his drop is the fact that despite the fact that this draft was widely considered to boast more defensive talent up top, only one other defenseman (Adam Larsson) was selected before the B’s were on the board.

So who is Dougie Hamilton? The 18-year-old described himself as a physical, capable defenseman and a “sneaky offensive player.” He played in for Niagara with his brother, Freddie, who was a fifth-round pick of the Sharks in the 2010 draft.

Hamilton compares himself to Jay Bouwmeester, Brent Burns and Rob Blake. Here are his measurables and statistics:

Date of birth: June 17, 1993                                              Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 187 pounds                                                            Shoots: Right

2010-11 stats: 67 games, 12 G, 46 A, 58 P, 77 PIM

Here’s a nice getting-to-know-you video from Open Ice Hockey:

Here’s what IceDogs coach Marty Williamson told NHL.com about Hamilton as part of the blueliner’s scouting report:

“Especially at this level, you find guys that are awkward or don’t have a lot of explosion. You’re 6-foot-4, you don’t have a lot of explosion (but) the jump off his skates is phenomenal. When he sees those opportunities to jump into the rush or lead the rush, I really believe it’s untapped what he can do. He’s a very special defenseman in our league. He just has to understand the details and he’s going to be a very good pro . . . Dougie gets himself very prepared for hockey games. He’s very diligent preparing himself. He goes about it very business-like. He’s mature beyond his years.’€

Chris Edwards of Central Scouting likes Hamilton’s size, strength and puck-moving ability. Here’s what he had to say on NHL.com:

“He moves the puck well and makes good outlet passes, he does make good decisions with the puck, moves it very well out of his zone. He’s a big guy, he’ll take the body. ‘€¦ He uses his size well. He can muscle people off the puck.”

And here’s a look at one of Hamilton’s 12 goals last season:

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