NHL Playoffs 2013: Boston Bruins’ Dougie Hamilton a Healthy Scratch

Mar 14, 2013; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Shawn Thornton (22) is hugged by defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) while be congratulated by defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) and left wing Daniel Paille (20) after a goal during the third period against the Florida Panthers at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

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:

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.

If experience is really want they are looking for, then it was a wise decision to keep Hamilton off the ice.


Topics: Boston Bruins, Dougie Hamilton

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