Hamilton ready for big boy B's camp


Hamilton ready for big boy B's camp

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

WILMINGTON Dougie Hamilton is in a pretty comfortable spot for his first trip through NHL training camp.

The 18-year-old first round pick will have the attention and cachet that goes along with being a first round pick and hot young prospect, but the 6-foot-5 defenseman isnt expected to seriously threaten for a roster spot with the team that eventually breaks training camp.

So instead Hamilton will go about his business in the background amid a veteran group of Cup-worthy skaters starting on Saturday, and learn from an ideal group of veteran blueliners like Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg.

Thats simply a great spot to be in for a youngster willing to learn.

Hamilton will eventually return to the Niagara Ice Dogs for another season of junior hockey, possibly take part in the World Junior tournament as a member of Team Canada and add a little more size and strength to his lengthy frame before returning to Boston this time next year.

The coordination, skill, skating speed and physical attributes that made him a top draft pick are all there, but Hamilton needs to simply put them all together while amping his brain up to the increased pace of play around him at the NHL level. It wont happen overnight, but Hamilton is confident that it will happen.

Next week is going to be another step up, and then when I go back to Niagara Ill be that many steps ahead, said Hamilton, referring to the inevitable day when he exits NHL camp for another season in the OHL. Its time to play hockey and its the season. Youre expected to be in top performance here.

Ive seen the veterans on the ice a couple of times and in the changing room. A few months ago you were watching them on TV and now youre trying to be teammates with them. So thats pretty special.

Hamilton wont have the same crowds of media around him that he did at the prospect camp once the real Bruins arrive, and the polished youngster wont have a microscope trained on him each time he touches the puck in practice.

Hell instead simply be able to play hockey.

Thats what the Bruins front office wants to see out of their promising young defenseman after watching Hamilton put up a commendable effort in the first rookie game against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. Hamilton made some plays and showed some poise, but theres also a big ceiling hell be able to reach given his talent, intelligence and work ethic.

He just needs to go through a camp and see the strength and speed of the NHL players, said Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning. Hes involved in a process where theres no pressure for him. He can just go out there and play his game and learn. Well see how he does and review where hes at.
But for him itll just be a good learning experience because hell see how strong and how fast the NHL players are.

Gifted natural scorers like Jared Knight and rookie game scoring machine Ryan Spooner might feel more like a job sits on the line with each up and down in training camp, but thats roller coaster is a little down the road for Hamilton.

For an 18-year-old thats already had a pretty good year, the NHL training camp is akin to dipping his toes in the water before coming back next season to execute a cannonball into the Bs swimming pool.

As it should be for the talented Hamilton.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

Brandon Pirri scores twice, Rangers rally to beat Bruins 5-2


Brandon Pirri scores twice, Rangers rally to beat Bruins 5-2

NEW YORK - Brandon Pirri scored twice to help the New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey also scored for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots. The Rangers won their third straight game, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to improve to 5-2-0.

David Pastrnak and Austin Czarina scored for Boston. The Bruins have lost three straight to drop to 3-4-0.

Zane McIntyre made 26 saves in his first NHL start. He was called up prior to Boston's 5-0 home loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night to back up Malcolm Subban due to injuries to Tuukka Risk and Anton Khudobin.

Down 2-0 after the first, the Rangers scored three times in the final 10:44 of the second.

Nash began the comeback with a power-play goal at 9:16. He curled to the net before corralling a rebound of Derek Stepan's point shot and flipping it over goalie Zane McIntyre for his third of the season.

Hayes tied it with 3:25 left in the second, banking a shot from behind the net off of McIntyre's pants.

Pirri's power-play goal with 36 seconds left made it 3-2. The free-agent signee ripped a shot from the right circle that was in the net before McIntrye could get his glove up. New York finished the game 2 for 6 on the man advantage, while the Bruins were 0 for 1.

It was not all positive for the Rangers in the second, with Dan Girardi missing two shifts following a hit from Pastrnak, who was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head. Girardi leaped in the air to play a loose puck in the neutral zone and, as he came down, Pastrnak drove his shoulder into the upper body of the New York defenseman.

Pirri made it 4-2 2:23 into the third with his fourth of the season. Vesey scored on a tap-in 43 seconds late.

The Bruins opened the scoring Pastrnak's fifth of the season 10 seconds into the game. The lead grew to 2-0 14:34 later when Czarnik scored his first goal in the NHL. Czarnik fired a shot from inside the blue line that New York defenseman Brady Skjei blocked, but Henrik Lundqvist appeared to lose track of the puck and it bounced across the goal line.

Lundqvist had 27 saves.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.