Hamilton, the No. 9 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, was assigned to the Niagara Ice Dogs, and goalie Malcolm Subban, the team's top 2012 draft pick (No. 24), was assigned to the Belleville Bulls. Both teams play in the Ontario Hockey League.
Hamilton, 19, had 72 points in 50 games for Niagara last season and was a plus-37. He added 23 points in 20 playoff games.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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