BOSTON (CBS) – Rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton isn’t going anywhere.
Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told reporters prior to Monday night’s 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes the 19-year-old will remain with the Bruins for the rest of the season instead of heading back to juniors.
Hamilton had impressed the Bruins’ brass enough over his first four games, and added to that Monday night in Carolina. Hamilton assisted on David Krejci’s game-winning goal with 1:50 to go in the third period — his fourth assist in the last three games.
This season, underage junior players are allowed to play five NHL games before a year of their entry-level contracts kick in.
The Bruins drafted Hamilton ninth overall in the 2011 draft — a pick they received from the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009 as part of the Phil Kessel trade.