Boston Bruins: 5 Stories to Watch For in the Year 2013

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Boston Bruins: 5 Stories to Watch For in the Year 2013
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Dougie Hamilton has to debut with the Boston Bruins sometime in the next year, whether that happens 19 months after he was drafted or 27 months thereafter.

That may be the most obvious storyline New England puckheads are raring to delve into, but the obviousness does not diminish the magnitude. Hamilton was chosen ninth overall with the last piece of compensation for Phil Kessel less than two weeks after the Bruins won the Stanley Cup and has since been stating and reiterating that he hardly has anything left to prove in major junior.

Since the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, the culmination of the waiting period for Hamilton has been little more than a matter of the NHL replacing its CBA. Lo and behold, everyone is still waiting on that.

Once the labor stalemate is resolved, the two-way defenseman’s arrival will top the preseason platter of Bruins storylines. Besides that No. 1 sidebar, here are a handful of close runners-up in ascending order.

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