BostonBruins.com -- Forward Zach Hamill was recalled from Providence Dec. 13 to fill the void left when Gregory Campbell fractured a bone in his foot, and Head Coach Claude Julien is impressed with the versatility he’s bringing to the ice.
In five games, Hamill has two assists and a six plus/minus rating. Julien has been able to play him at center, right wing, on the power play and on the penalty kill.
“I was using him in both positions, right wing and center and he was adapting well,” Julien said. “He’s come in and played really good hockey in every game he’s been in with us this year.”
Hamill, who was drafted with the 8th overall pick in 2007, said he enjoys playing the penalty kill and was eager to get on the ice in those situations.
“I think one of my strengths is playing all sides of the puck,” Hamill said on Sunday. “I think the penalty kill shows that character and versatility - I think I have that. This year I really asked coach if I could [play on the] penalty kill a lot and I know can do it and then more I do it the better I can be at it.”
Campbell practiced with the team yesterday or the first time since missing three games with his injury, and there’s a possibility he will return tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.
If he does return, Julien will have a decision to make and the way Hamill has been playing, it won’t be an easy one. However, Julien said he is just happy to have Hamill develop the way he has in the last five games.
“Well he’s created a real good situation for himself,” Julien said after yesterday's practice. “It’s actually encouraging for us to see a player who’s developed. The organization has been very patient with him and he’s been pretty hard working himself at trying to get better – he’s rewarded with some solid games.”
Whether or not Hamill gets on the ice tonight against Montreal, he said he’s enjoying his time during the call-up.
“It’s fun coming back here every day and coming to work,” Hamill said. “You just want to gain the trust of the coaching staff and you want to gain the trust and confidence of the players.
"Every day it’s fun, and I just look forward to coming back every day.”