Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Seguin Staying Put, Hamilton Pushing For Roster Spot

Yes, it has been a while since I posted an entry from this blog. Now will be as good a time as any to start it up again with some brief Bruins' news.

I have posted stories on the Tim Thomas issue and the re-signing of both Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell via Inside Hockey. I realize that is a cheap plug, so I apologize. Anyway, down to the real news concerning the Black and Gold.

Bruins' general manager Peter Chiarelli said on Wednesday night that forward Tyler Seguin will not be making the switch over to center. He will be staying as a winger. Even though Seguin is a natural center and had significant ice time at that position during his junior hockey days, he has become a gifted goal scorer from the wing.

Seguin, the reigning "Seventh Player Award" recipient, led the team in goals and points during the 2011-12 season. Whether it was skating with Patrice Bergeron or David Krejci, he sure found his scoring touch. 

As previously mentioned, the signing of both Campbell and Kelly leaves the Bruins loaded at center, so there is no need to move Seguin at this point. However, he was drafted to be the future top-line center and it will be better if he got some ice time there sooner rather than later. We will see how it unfolds.

Also, top prospect Dougie Hamilton is hoping to make a serious push for a roster spot for this upcoming season. The Bruins have yet to publicly admit that they will target a defenseman in free agency, leaving the door open for the young gun to make an impact.

He was drafted number nine overall in last year's draft and had a stellar year for his junior team, the Niagara IceDogs. Hamilton posted 17 goals and 55 assists, leading the league in scoring. He also recorded 19 points in 15 playoff games for the IceDogs. Hamilton impressed the right people with those numbers as he was awarded OHL Defenseman of the Year. 

Although it is not a guarantee that he will be on the roster at the end of training camp, Hamilton has the talent and the credentials to land a spot behind the Bruins bench.  

This has already turned into an interesting offseason thus far. Is it October yet?

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