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Hamill Ready to Play

by John Griffin / Boston Bruins -- With center Gregory Campbell already ruled out and left wing Daniel Paille’s status listed as questionable for Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, on Monday the Bruins called up Zach Hamill from Providence on an emergency basis.

Whether or not he will be in tonight’s line-up, Hamill said he is prepared to play whenever he gets the call.

“I’m just trying to not look too much into it,” said the forward. “Just trying to keep it simple, come up here and do what I can.”

Last time the 23-year-old was called up from Providence, his simple mindset helped him fit in just fine.

“When he had him up here — the games he played for us — I really liked what he brought to the table,” said Head Coach Claude Julien.

During his first call to Boston this season (Nov. 9-13) Hamill skated with Jordan Caron and Chris Kelly and registered an assist and a +3 rating in two NHL games at right wing.

However, the Vancouver, British Columbia-native knows that if he dresses tonight he will be playing center.

“I’ll adapt as quick as I can to that role,” he explained.

A natural center, the Bruins have called on their 2007 first round draft pick (eigth overall) to play on the outside this season, but didn't forget the skill he'd previously shown in the middle.

“When it came to that point where we needed a centerman, he had played that position and we thought he was deserving of getting another call,” said Julien. “He’s been really reliable in doing the job in his own end.

"Again, he’s a guy that’s a good playmaker.”

Although the prospect has only dressed twice for the Black & Gold this season, his efforts with the P-Bruins aren’t being overlooked, either.

“I'm trying to get better every day,” explained Hamill. “That’s what I’ve been doing.”

In his 25 AHL games with Providence, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound forward proved he can fill the stat-sheets on the wing, too, as he is tied for 2nd on the team in goals (7) and is third in points (14).

However, right now Hamill is focused on improving the deeper parts of his game, which may benefit the B’s special teams units that are currently battling injuries.

“A lot of penalty killing and getting out there and kind of playing situational roles,” said Hamill of his work in Providence. “I always say, 'just play my game' wherever I’m put.”
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