The 2011 NHL Draft is over, and the Boston Bruins came away with a hearty haul of fresh talent. Dougie Hamilton was the Bruins' first pick, No. 9 overall in the first round, and Alexander Khokhlachev was Boston's pick in the second round.
Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com and Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning offered their thoughts on the B's picks.
1) Dougie Hamilton (6-foot-5, 190-pound defenseman from Niagara taken with first round pick). Benning's thoughts: "We were really excited to get [Hamilton] at the 9th pick. You know he's 6-foot-5, he's a real good skater and he can handle the puck. Because of his wingspan and he's so long that he uses a long stick and he defends like Adam McQuaid, who likes to use his sticks to knock pucks down. Any time you can get a 6-foot-5 guy with his skill set, you are pretty excited. It's happened in the last couple of years where teams want scoring and they're stepping up and taking scorers early. Last year we'd seen it with [Cam] Fowler and [Brandon] Gormley kind of slip [in the first round]. Then this year maybe even Hamilton kind of slipped. I don't think it's a reflection on the player itself, but more that teams are looking to fill a need whether its center ice or scoring. We're just lucky to be in position where he ended up in our lap." (via NECN)
Here's the complete list of the Boston Bruins' draft class this year.
2011 NHL Entry Draft - Boston Bruins' Draft Picks
- Dougie Hamilton (D - Niagara - OHL)
- Alexander Khoklachev (C - Windsor - OHL)
- Anthony Camara (:W - Saginaw - OHL)
- Brian Ferlin (RW - Indiana - USHL)
- Rob O'Gara (D - Milton Academy H.S, MA)
- Lars Volden (G - Blues - Finland)