Dougie Hamilton enjoying rookie ride

Bruins defenseman takes nothing for granted but hopes to make playoff impact

Updated: April 26, 2013, 10:05 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Dougie Hamilton received all sorts of ribbing from his Boston Bruins teammates about being recognized with this season's Seventh Player Award.

The award is given annually and voted on by the fans to honor the player who goes "above and beyond" and "exceeds expectations" during the season. The joke around the locker room, according to coach Claude Julien, was expectations are getting lower and lower for first-round picks.

It was also strange that Hamilton was a ...

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