What Dougie Hamilton is doing in the NHL as a 19-year-old rookie defenseman is impressive, but it’s not unprecedented. Fortunately, the 2011 No. 9 overall pick joins some pretty elite company as a Bruins teenage defenseman.
Before Hamilton, Fernie Flaman, Dallas Smith, Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Glen Wesley all starred in Boston as teen defensemen. Though it’s too early to call Hamilton a rookie phenom, three points in four games have some some already drawing comparisons to some of the Bruins’ greats.
Hamilton has shown a lot of lot of promise in his four games on the ice, and if history prevails, Hamilton could have a long career as an NHL blueliner. It may be too early to predict a Hall of Fame career for the rookie, like that of Flaman, Orr and Bourque, but no one expected Hamilton to be this good this soon.
Watch the video above to see how Hamilton stacks up to some of the Bruins’ great defensemen.