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Bright outlook on Bruins' blue line

Defensive core returns, with help from prospect Dougie Hamilton on the way

Updated: January 8, 2013, 9:52 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins boast one of the top defensive units in the NHL. There's no reason to believe that will change in 2013.

Boston's returning blueliners include captain Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid, and this solid core will have some interesting additions in the upcoming shortened season.

The Bruins' top prospect, 19-year-old defenseman Dougie Hamilton, is expected to earn a spot on Boston's roster at the end of minicamp. ...

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