Saturday, in the Bruins 2-0 loss to San Jose in TD Garden, forward Zach Hamill
made his season debut for Boston after being recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on Thursday.
“It was good," said Hamill after his first regular season game on Causeway St. "Obviously, a little nervous to start, but as the game went on I felt more comfortable and starting creating plays a little bit.
"All in all I felt pretty good.”
B's Head Coach Claude Julien talked about Hamill’s performance.
“It was his first game [this season]," said Julien. "It wasn’t an easy game and I don’t think he got a ton of ice time...but I thought he was okay.
“I thought his battle level...was good. and I thought his positioning, his smarts -- you could tell were there.
"We’ll probably see more as we move on here,” he said.
Hamill was called-up on April 10 of last season and made his NHL debut the following day against the Washington Capitals in the Verizon Center. Zach earned his first career NHL point with an assist in that game.
After Saturday's game, Hamill talked about how his time today felt similar to his debut last year.
“It almost felt like my first game, but at the same time I got into the speed of it," he said. "The guys in the room helped me out a little bit to calm me down."
Through 44 games with Providence this season, Hamill has 3-25-28 totals and a plus-4 rating. He looked to carry that success over to today’s game when he centered wingers Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler.
“I’ve played with them before," said Hamill. "Preseason last year, I played with Wheeler...so it’s a little bit of familiarity that kind of helped."---Hannah Becker