The Bruins may have been eliminated early from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but their future still remains bright.
The Bruins' 2011 first round pick Dougie Hamilton was named the winner of the OHL's Max Kaminsky Trophy for the most outstanding defenceman.
Hamilton led all defencemen in the OHL in scoring with 17 goals and 55 assists in 50 games for the Niagra IceDogs.
This year has been a ton of fun and it is a huge honor to win this award, Hamilton said in a press release. I spent the last couple of years watching the best defencemen in the league and then trying to get myself to that point and it is exciting to be here now and receive this award. A lot of past winners have gone on to NHL careers and hopefully I can follow suit.
Some notable winners of the Kaminsky award are Al MacInnis, Chris Pronger, Brian Campbell, James Wisniewski, Marc Staal, Drew Doughty, and Ryan Ellis.
The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.
It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.
Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.
The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.