"It becomes more fun being able to push guys off the puck. When you're stronger it's easier to do that. I realize I'm able to do that this year and that's … I do have fun with it. I do have fun battling with guys in corners. I like doing it." -- Dougie Hamilton
"It's fun going against him in practice," Freddie told NHL.com. "I give him a shove when I get the chance because I know I might not get the chance in the future if he keeps on growing. I'll take as much opportunity as I can doing that."
Now that Dougie Hamilton has grown into a 6-foot-4, 187-pound top defense prospect for the 2011 Entry Draft, those opportunities might have run out.
Hamilton is the top-rated North American defenseman (No. 4 among all skaters) in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings for the 2011 Entry Draft.