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In what could become a completely lopsided trade (but can’t be classified that way yet), the Bruins selected in the lottery for the second straight season thanks to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who traded two first rounders and a second rounder in exchange for the enigmatic Phil Kessel back in 2009. Last year, the Bruins took Tyler Seguin second overall and also grabbed Jared Knight with Toronto’s second round pick.
This year, the Bruins took what many considered the top North American defenseman in the draft, Canada’s Dougie Hamilton at No. 9, completing the Phil Kessel trade. He was the fourth-rated North American skater, according to the Central Scouting Bureau.
The 6-foot-4, 187-pound defensman played in the OHL last season, tallying 12 goals and 46 assists (58 points) with a +/- rating of +35 and 77 penalty minutes. He’s considered a strong defenseman with….wait for it…good puck-moving abilities.
While the Bruins may need a defenseman on the NHL club, GM Peter Chiarelli thinks the 18-year-old Hamilton needs a little more seasoning.
“I’d say he needs a little more development,” Chiarelli said. “He’s still fairly skinny. He has to be stronger, but you never know. You never know how he’ll have his summer, but my guess is that he’s at least a year away.”
According to WEEI.com’s DJ Bean, the Bruins didn’t even bring Hamilton in for a workout. They were surprised he was still available at No. 9.
“We basically said that we don’t have to bring this fellow in,” Chiarelli said. “If he’s there, it’s a no-brainer so we didn’t have to see anything extra on him. That’s how strongly we feel about him.”
The Bruins did not have another pick in the first round. They traded that selection (it became No. 30) to the Maple Leafs in the Tomas Kaberle deal.