In Monday night's 5-3 win over the Hurricanes, Dougie Hamilton appeared in his fifth NHL game and set up the deciding goal. On Tuesday against New Jersey, Hamilton will make his sixth NHL appearance. By doing so, this career-opening stretch officially will become Year No. 1 on Hamilton's three-year entry-level contract.

The Bruins are just fine with that. Hamilton's days of playing junior in Niagara are over. General manager Peter Chiarelli told Hamilton before Monday's game that he is now a full-time NHLer.

"He has a lot of poise," Chiarelli said. "He plays a very mature game. I'm sure inside he felt relieved. But based on how I've seen him play, I wouldn't be surprised to see his game go one way or another, because he's a real poised, mature player."

Hamilton will move out of the Boston hotel that had been his home since training camp. Hamilton will live with Adam McQuaid.

"I don't know if it's really relief," Hamilton said of becoming a permanent Bruin. "Just really overall excitement. It's been my dream ever since I was a little kid to play in the NHL. For me, it's a dream come true. I just want to keep getting better and having fun."