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01-23-2013, 11:24 PM
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Hamilton is here to stay

Here is a really good article by KPD about young Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton. KPD says he is here to stay. I agree.

“In my mind . . . right now, he’s a player,’’ said a pleased coach Claude Julien, after Hamilton logged an all-but-perfect 23:27, second only to captain Zdeno Chara, in Monday’s 2-1 shootout victory over the Jets at the Garden. “To me, he’s on our team . . . he’s a player I’m relying on.’’

The Bruins are two games and two victories into the lockout-shortened 48-game season. Hamilton has played both, pairing in Game 1 with Dennis Seidenberg and then working Monday in Chara’s sidecar while Seidenberg was given the day off to tend to a lower-body injury. In both games, both pairings, there was barely an awkward rookie moment.

He’s on his way. Two games entered on a five-game scorecard that already has been designated for the document shredder in the Boston front office. Meet the future — No. 27 in your Bruins program.
‘’When we get to that five-game number,’’ mused Julien, “I think if there’s any question marks [in the front office], I’ll certainly hear about it. But right now, there’s no talk from my end of it.’’



I've been waiting years for the Bruins to draft a high end defenseman with the potential to play on the top pair and eventually replace Chara.

Hamilton has played three good games, two against one the best teams in the NHL with highly skilled forwards. At 19, he looks like the player I was hoping to see on the Bruins back end. I'm a happy Bruins fan tonight.


http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/...IaJ/story.html

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It's nice to see Dougie playing with confidence, something that is not always "there" for young defenseman. He's not afraid to take a shot, apply pressure along the boards and has great vision.

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Reading this quote after the Rangers game I get the impression that Coach Julien might want to keep Hamilton around.

Julien heaped praise on the youngster after the game.

“Anybody who saw this game tonight had to see this guy was outstanding. Not good. Outstanding,” Julien said. “He was so poised and confident. If anyone thinks he can’t play in this league, they should watch this game.”


http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruin..._‘outstanding’

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Reading this quote after the Rangers game I get the impression that Coach Julien might want to keep Hamilton around.

Julien heaped praise on the youngster after the game.

“Anybody who saw this game tonight had to see this guy was outstanding. Not good. Outstanding,” Julien said. “He was so poised and confident. If anyone thinks he can’t play in this league, they should watch this game.”


http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruin..._‘outstanding’
yes - kid is smooth. have been oh so pleased through these first three games with him. looking forward to more.

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Man. Claude sure do love some Dougie. Maybe someone should photoshop that famous picture of him with a bucket of Hamiltons instead of chicken.

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One of the area`s I was most impressed with last night was as we watched countless shots from the point get blocked by the Rags, he still found a way to get his through, not sure you can teach that. And although not a bruiser, his positioning and the way he angled off players in his own end last night was strong, and getting stronger.

Let`s hope he keeps it up, nice to see him get his first point last night. Initially I was almost angry that Marchand got the goal, woulda loved to see DH get it then reality hit me, probably a save by Lundqvist if not deflected

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You know Clode must be pumped after having to deal with some of the other offensive d train wrecks over the past few years.

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looking forward to wacthing him all season long.

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You know Clode must be pumped after having to deal with some of the other offensive d train wrecks over the past few years.
For sure and the evolution of CJ himself to put the kid out in any and all situations continues to be nice to see

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hey i just got here, claude loves me. i'm 6'5 they call me dougie.

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That cross crease pass he made to set up Seguin was awfully sweet. I thought if Seguin potted that, the highlight would have haunted Maple Leafs fans!!

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That cross crease pass he made to set up Seguin was awfully sweet. I thought if Seguin potted that, the highlight would have haunted Maple Leafs fans!!
Forgot about that one, almost like Segs wasn`t expecting such a great pass, Savvy like

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While Dougie is doing great, and for me, looks like I thought he would at the end of the season, not three games in, let's please remember there will still be growing pains,,there will still be rookie mistakes...there will still be times where he may be tired from the pro game...let's remember these three games when that happens, and not overreact..

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While Dougie is doing great, and for me, looks like I thought he would at the end of the season, not three games in, let's please remember there will still be growing pains,,there will still be rookie mistakes...there will still be times where he may be tired from the pro game...let's remember these three games when that happens, and not overreact..
For sure, like everyone else, really impressed with the early returns but with far too many years of watching this game (like you and many others) we`ve all seen kids take the odd step back from time to time.

The luxury he has is this is a very good team with a solid D core back there to help insulate those mistakes and a coaching staff who know how to groom him.

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While Dougie is doing great, and for me, looks like I thought he would at the end of the season, not three games in, let's please remember there will still be growing pains,,there will still be rookie mistakes...there will still be times where he may be tired from the pro game...let's remember these three games when that happens, and not overreact..
Couldnt agree more Lou.

Its sure exciting to see what tools and skills this youngster has but yes, lets temper ourselves.

There will be ups and downs and learning.
But the future is very bright for this kid.

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What's the most minutes an Nhl player can play/Log

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unlimited based on conditioning and situation.

Ray Bourque at times logged near 40 minutes. But I still think he was an alien.

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Before the long train runs off the tracks, let's dial it back a bit.

On the second Rangers goal it was Hamilton that made a bad icing that led to the line mismatch. And it was Hamilton that left Gaborik alone in front for the goal.

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That cross crease pass he made to set up Seguin was awfully sweet. I thought if Seguin potted that, the highlight would have haunted Maple Leafs fans!!
Lmao. Haunting is not even close, try them looking for Burke to get him re fired again.

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65 minutes if it goes to a shootout.

In other words, there's no rule to the limit a player can play

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Before the long train runs off the tracks, let's dial it back a bit.

On the second Rangers goal it was Hamilton that made a bad icing that led to the line mismatch. And it was Hamilton that left Gaborik alone in front for the goal.
i'm fine with that but lets put the 1st 10 mins or so of the 1st period in context. The whole team had a collective brain fart until CJ called the TO and read them the riot act and things settled down.

One of the best teams in the league, 0-2 on the season, not wanting to start a shortened season 0-3, AT HOME. Shyte happens man, gotta look at the big picture.

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65 minutes if it goes to a shootout.

In other words, there's no rule to the limit a player can play
Do you remember when Chelios wanted to play all 60 minutes? I wonder what the highest is he ever recorded...

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Reading this quote after the Rangers game I get the impression that Coach Julien might want to keep Hamilton around.

Julien heaped praise on the youngster after the game.

“Anybody who saw this game tonight had to see this guy was outstanding. Not good. Outstanding,” Julien said. “He was so poised and confident. If anyone thinks he can’t play in this league, they should watch this game.


http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruin..._‘outstanding’
Wow Claude going out of his way to compliment the kid... That line right there is Odd. Trying to prove something, to someone?

It doesn't matter, because he's right. Hamilton's playing like a veteran

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There's no upper or lower limit.

Forwards (wingers and centers) log less ice time than defensemen due to there being more of them on the roster. Every team carries 12 forwards and 6 defensemen. Forwards are broken up into 4 lines of 3 players:

LW - C - RW

While defensemen are broken up into 3 pairs:

LD - RD

Since there are fewer defensemen than forwards (6 vs 12), defensemen usually have higher ice time totals than forwards.

Ice time also varies due to a player's role (are they on the power play or penalty kill? Are they a defensive specialist? Faceoff specialist?). The more well-rounded and dependable the player is, the more ice time they get. That's why a player like Bergeron usually is one of the forwards with the most ice time, and Chara is usually the leader in ice time overall. They play in all situations, and are go-to players.

Defensemen usually play ~20 minutes a night, but there's a scale. The best, most reliable defensemen tend to play 25+ minutes, while the weaker ones play 20 or less.

In Hamilton's case, since he's a rookie, 20+ is good. Coaches tend to want to protect rookies, putting them in favorable match-ups to keep their confidence high and to minimize on-ice mistakes that could hurt the team. That Hamilton has already earned a regular shift as one of the team's top 4 defensemen is great. Julien has a history of being careful with rookies, so his comments and obvious on-ice trust of Hamilton speaks volumes.

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i'm fine with that but lets put the 1st 10 mins or so of the 1st period in context. The whole team had a collective brain fart until CJ called the TO and read them the riot act and things settled down.

One of the best teams in the league, 0-2 on the season, not wanting to start a shortened season 0-3, AT HOME. Shyte happens man, gotta look at the big picture.
I'm as pumped as anyone. He has been way better than I expected but let's not start some kindof delusional Jake-Gardiner-lovefest.

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