Dougie Hamilton On Toucher & Rich: Making The Move To The NHL
After a scoreless first period the Buffalo Sabres struck first in the second, but both teams scored three times to head to the third tied. The Bruins broke the tie early in the first, but Buffalo went on to net four unanswered goals to hand the Bruins their first loss in regulation of the season.
Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton called in to talk with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich about the loss to the Sabres and playing with guys like Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg.
The Bruins drafted Hamilton ninth overall in 2011 and signed him to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 19-year-old defenseman made his NHL debut for the Bruins this season in a 3-1 victory against the New York Rangers.
The youngster has handled the transition to the NHL well, has he been surprised with anything since making the jump?
“I don’t think surprised, I think I didn’t know what to expect coming in, but I think it is a different game for sure. I think junior is a little bit more running around and less structured than the NHL game, but obviously the players are a lot better in the NHL and everyone is smarter and more skilled.”
The guys discussed the kind of advice players like Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg have given him early on about his game and situations. Hamilton even shared a story where Chara stood up for him in the game against the Jets.
“Wheeler took a run at me, I got up and Chara came over and was tapping him and saying, ‘Don’t touch him again.’ And, right after that Wheeler kind of turned and came up the ice and Z stepped up and laid him out.”
Hamilton also told the guys how he found out he found out he was going to be a permanent part of the Bruins roster. The guys also discuss why how the team fell apart against the Sabres on Thursday night after being up 3-1 in the second.