Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton has been trying to find his way in to the Bruins line up as a rookie, but Bruins head coach Claude Julien doesn’t appear to believe Hamilton is ready for the bright lights of playoff hockey.
With the Bruins first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs beginning tonight, the 19-year-old defender was a healthy scratch.
Per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com:
Looks like Dougie Hamilton is definitely healthy scratch after not taking part in line rushes. Peverley shared time w/Daugavins #BruinsTalk
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) May 1, 2013
Hamilton averaged 17 minutes per game in his 42 appearances this season.
A big part of the decision was likely his lack of postseason appearance. The Bruins official Twitter account trumpeted the experience that they were coming in to the series with.
The B’s roster comes into tonight’s game w/ 1,273 postseason games of exp. vs. the Leafs who have a combined 206 postseason games of exp.^BB
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 1, 2013
If experience is really want they are looking for, then it was a wise decision to keep Hamilton off the ice.