Dougie Hamilton - OHL Defenseman of the Year
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05-11-2012, 02:47 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
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Ding Ding! We have a winner. In order to make the leap defensively, he has to be challenged on a more consistent basis, and he has to be exposed to the best hockey available. He'll get all of that every day playing in Boston.
Actually, I'd argue he does not have to be exposed to the best hockey available, only hockey that is a step above where he is playing. You can learn against your peers, and one step up. Any step down, or too far up and you may very well learn nothing. And it was obvious seeing him several times this year that the OHL is no longer his peers.
Really starting in the AHL next year is the best place for him to be from a learning perspective, but that is not possible. As such, he will be slightly rushed into the NHL, one step above where he should be, certainly not out of place.
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