BOSTON, MA – This morning, B's forward Zach Hamill said he's committed himself to making it hard for the Bruins coaching staff to take him off Boston's roster.
“[I worked on] battle level, to making plays, to being reliable, and to even count on the special teams here and there,” Hamill said. “Like I said from day one, I want to gain the trust of the coaching staff, then from there, gain the trust of the players.
"I feel like I’ve done that as best as I can.”
With Benoit Pouliot filling in Brad Marchand’s spot on Patrice Bergeron’s line tonight, the hardest decision Head Coach Claude Julien and his staff will have is whether they should play Hamill at center or wing on Chris Kelly’s line tonight against Winnipeg.
Hamill, who’s gained notoriety for his versatility this season, is comfortable either way.
“Wherever [Julien] plays me I feel I can adapt,” Hamill said. “It doesn’t feel more comfortable at one or the other.
"I feel like I can play both and when I’m counted on or needed – rise to the occasion.”
After taking some reps at center during today’s morning skate, it appears that’s where Hamill will play versus the Jets.
“[That] line can go anyway you want,” Julien said. “The one thing I’ll do is see how the game goes with certain guys in certain positions, and if it doesn’t go well, I’ll just move guys around so it goes as well as the other lines.”
Earlier this season, Hamill filled in admirably for Gregory Campbell when the forward fractured his foot, and also played wing when Rich Peverley missed some time with an undisclosed injury.
While the Bruins will be without Marchand for the next five games due to suspension, Hamill is going to see plenty of ice team.
But rather than viewing it as a chance to showcase himself, the 23-year old forward sees it as an opportunity to help his team.
“I want to be able to do what I can to help the team win – whether it’s playing in my zone well, or the neutral zone or the offensive zone," he said. "Wherever I feel like I can contribute, I want to be able to do that.”
--- Anthony Gulizia