- The Boston Bruins selected Zach Hamill
with the eighth overall selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft held tonight at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. Bruins Hall of Famer Cam Neely announced the pick on behalf of the Bruins organization.
Hamill, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, spent the last four seasons starring for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League where he captured the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL's Top Scorer, as well as Everett's Most Valuable Player, for the 2006-07 season with 93 points (32-61-93).
Hamill is the Silvertips all-time leader in points with 61 goals and 126 assists for 187 points in 183 regular season games.
The NHL's Central Scouting Bureau tags Hamill as a "playmaking forward with good stick-handling ability, very good on special teams, especially the power-play, and as someone who sees the ice well and sets up his line mates with his good passing abilities."
Hamill also played for Canada's gold medal winning effort at the Under-18 Junior World Cup in 2005.
The final six rounds of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 10:00 a.m. ET at Nationwide Arena.