Current Team: Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL)
Age: 19 years old
Drafted: First Round, Ninth Overall, 2011
Unanimously considered to be the Bruins' top prospect, Dougie Hamilton is expected to jump straight to the NHL at the end of the 2012 NHL lockout. With a rare combination of ideal size and elite offensive upside, Hamilton should see regular minutes on the Bruins' point.
Listed by Hockey's Future as the no. 3 prospect in the world, Hamilton is projected to be a superstar in Boston, eventually taking over for perennial Norris Trophy candidate Zdeno Chara as the Bruins' top defender.
Hamilton leads OHL defensemen in scoring for the second straight year with 41 points in 32 games. Known as a tremendous offensive force who can quarterback the power play and rip lasers from the point, Hamilton's defensive game is often overlooked.
At 6'5", he is a gigantic physical defender who plays a very strong game in his own zone. He currently ranks sixth in the OHL with a plus-24 rating.
Named the best defenseman in all of Canadian junior hockey last spring, Hamilton has only improved this season. He is coming off of a blistering November, in which he put up 21 points in just 13 games and earned OHL Defenseman of the Month honors.
Barring the welcome arrival of an NHL season in late December or early January, Hamilton is a lock to star for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia. As soon as the lockout is resolved, Hamilton will become a mainstay in black and gold.
Without a doubt, he will deliver big hits and rack up a whole lot of points.