Future Considerations

Camping trip for Boston’s Hamilton
September 17, 2011, 12:35 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

There isn’t much that Boston Bruins property Dougie Hamilton hasn’t done in the last four months.

The six-foot-five, 193-pound defenseman was a first round pick in the NHL Entry Draft. He’s skated along Canada’s best players under 20 at Hockey Canada’s development camp. He’s graduated from high school, earning the OHL’s scholastic player of the year honours.

Starting Saturday, Hamilton can add ‘attend an NHL training camp’ to the list.

Hamilton, the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, will go camping with the Bruins in his first taste of NHL action.

But Hamilton shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the experience, Bruins’ assistant general manager Jim Benning said. Continue reading

Oleksiak connected to Canada
August 7, 2011, 5:24 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Home is where the heart is.

For Jamie Oleksiak, Canada is home.

The six-foot-seven, 240-pound defenseman with both Canadian and American citizenship made that clear when he announced his intentions to skate in Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp a week ago.

The Toronto, ON. native made headlines when it was rumoured he would accept an invitation from Hockey Canada, declining USA Hockey’s offer in the process.

While he didn’t take the decision lightly, Oleksiak explained why his heart was in representing Canada. Continue reading

Hamilton has big dreams for Boston
June 28, 2011, 11:07 am
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From Brian Huddle:

Standing larger than his reported six-foot-four frame, Dougie Hamilton is used to being the big man on campus.

Having been selected to the Boston Bruins ninth overall, he’ll get the opportunity to develop in Zdeno Chara’s rather large shadow. But instead, imagine what a future pairing of the two could look like to those opposing the Boston Bruins. Continue reading

FC at the Draft: Dougie Hamilton – Boston Bruins
June 26, 2011, 11:03 am
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Bruins pick Hamilton 9th overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 8:26 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Boston Bruins have selected Dougie Hamilton ninth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

There may not be a smarter player taken in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft than Hamilton, who received the OHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year award with an average of 94 per cent in six subjects.

His smarts translate well to the ice as well. His decisions with and without the puck are second-to-none among defensemen in the draft, whether it be jumping into the rush as a fourth forward, thwarting an opposition’s attempt to gain the zone or making the first outlet pass. Continue reading

Heads up for Siemens
June 23, 2011, 7:27 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Keep your head up.

It’s what opposing Western Hockey League forwards have learned when coming down the wing against the Saskatoon Blades.

More specifically: Duncan Siemens.

Siemens, ranked 11th in Future Considerations’ final ranking for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, will not hesitate to throw the body around.

“My style is more of a shutdown defenseman, hard to play against, physical,” Siemens said. “I like to contribute offensively as best I can but (I’m) definitely more of a shutdown defenseman that plays with an edge.”

Or his fists, for that matter.

Siemens dropped the gloves seven times during his draft year. Eight if you count the dust up in the CHL Top Prospects Game against fellow draft eligible David Musil. Continue reading

Canada unveils development camp roster

From Aaron Vickers:

The 2012 World Junior Championship is six months away.

But for Hockey Canada, the journey starts now.

Canada unveiled a roster of four goaltenders, 16 defensemen and 26 forwards for its summer development camp, the first official grouping in identifying and assembling its potential roster for the tournament in Edmonton and Calgary in December. Continue reading