Dougie Hamilton became the newest member of the Boston professional sports community on Friday night after the Boston Bruins drafted him with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft.
However, according to Hamilton and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, he may not be ready for the NHL.
"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." (via WEEI)
Hamilton, who was born on June 17, 1993 and is six-foot-four, played the last two seasons with the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL. This past season, Hamilton scored 12 goals and recorded 46 assists for 58 points. In addition, Hamilton registered 77 penalty minutes and had a regular season plus/minus of plus-35 in 67 games.
"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." (via WEEI)