To the surprise of no one, Dougie Hamilton is not going anywhere.
The Bruins had a decision to make today on whether to keep their 19-year-old budding star or return him to his Niagara junior team. Once he plays a sixth game tonight at the Garden against the New Jersey Devils, he burns his first year of NHL service, which impacts future free agency, arbitration, waivers, etc.
But based on the high-level performance the youngster has had, this decision was a no-brainer.
"I've informed Dougie Hamilton that he'll be staying with us for the duration of the year," said general manager Peter Chiarelli. "He was happy to hear it. I'd suggested to him over the last few days that there was a real good chance, to try and put his mind at ease. I told him, 'Lookit, things are going well, don't screw it up.'
"He has a lot of poise. He plays a very mature game, but I'm sure inside he felt a little relieved."
And Hamilton set up David Krejci's game-winner in the 5-3 victory, giving him four assists in five games.
Hamilton's here to stay
Boston Herald | Jan 29