There isn’t much that Boston Bruins property Dougie Hamilton hasn’t done in the last four months.
The six-foot-five, 193-pound defenseman was a first round pick in the NHL Entry Draft. He’s skated along Canada’s best players under 20 at Hockey Canada’s development camp. He’s graduated from high school, earning the OHL’s scholastic player of the year honours.
Starting Saturday, Hamilton can add ‘attend an NHL training camp’ to the list.
Hamilton, the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, will go camping with the Bruins in his first taste of NHL action.
But Hamilton shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the experience, Bruins’ assistant general manager Jim Benning said.
“He just needs to go through a camp and see the strength and speed of NHL players,” Benning told the Boston Globe. “There’s no pressure for him. He just has to play his game, learn, see how he does.’’
The process will be one of learning for Hamilton, who isn’t expected to push for a roster spot. Instead, the camp will be used as a tool to give the Niagara IceDogs defenseman an idea of where he’ll need to be in the future.
That’s exactly how Hamilton plans on handling it.
“I think the first skate will be pretty cool,” Hamilton told the Boston Herald. “You don’t know what to expect. You try to size yourself up to them and see what they are like and what you need to be an NHL player like them.”
And sooner than later, Hamilton could be one of them.