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After the Bruins confirmed that they would keep Hamilton for the season instead of sending him back to his junior team, coach Claude Julien was quite complimentary when speaking of the young defenseman.
He even compared Hamilton to Hall of Famer Larry Robinson (via The Boston Globe): “He’s solid and he moves the puck well and sees the play well. I think everybody knows Larry was a pretty good player.”
He continued: “We know he’s got the size, the skating, and everything else to play in this league. I think his composure is what seems to be really impressing a lot of people. He’s made some big plays for us…right now, to me, he’s not playing like a rookie, he’s not playing like a first-year player.”
Fellow Bruin Milan Lucic also voiced his admiration for the young Hamilton (via The Boston Globe): “Looking at him now it’s pretty amazing that he got passed up eight times to go ninth overall in the 2011 draft,” Lucic said. “We’re real fortunate to have him. He’s got a lot of skill, he’s got a lot of poise, he plays with a lot of confidence.”