NHL Draft profile: Dougie Hamilton
June, 9, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series of profiles on top prospects in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft looks at defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who plays for Niagara of the Ontario Hockey League.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Dougie Hamilton. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: June 17, 1993/Toronto, Ontario
Height/Weight: 6-4/187 pounds
2010-11 Team: Niagara (OHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||4th (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||5th overall|
|International Scouting Services||6th overall|
|The Hockey News||10th overall|
|Finished fourth in OHL defenseman scoring with 58 points (12 goals, 46 assists) in 67 games with Niagara. Led team and finished tenth in the league with a plus-35 rating. Registered 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists) in 14 playoff games.|
|Registered 16 points (3 goals, 13 assists) in 64 games as a rookie with Niagara. Was named OHL Second All-Rookie Team and was his team's Rookie of the Year as well.|
|ESPN.com scouting report|
|Positives: Pro-sized, even super-sized. Skating: straight ahead, straight back and turning. Very solid skater for a teenager his size. Physical play.
Negatives: Inconsistency -- likely to make a big play and then a bad one the next shift. Still learning the game.
ESPN.com Dougie Hamilton Profile
|"He moves the puck well and makes good outlet passes, he does make good decisions with the puck, moves it very well out of his zone. He's a big guy, he'll take the body. … He uses his size well. He can muscle people off the puck." - Chris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting
"A very appealing defender with size, physical ability and some offensive skill as well ... He is a strong defender with good separation skills along the boards who can fish loose pucks out of scrambles or use his body to take over the needed space." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"Hamilton's big frame and extra long reach make him an imposing road block with wingers trying to squeeze by on the boards. His offensive game is emerging, but he picks his spots and shows solid puck-handling and first-pass ability; having a right-hand shot is a bonus." - Gare Joyce, ESPN.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.