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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON - After registering 2-14-16 AHL totals through December, P-Bruins center Zach Hamill went on a January run and compiled a 1-11-12 line to earn a re-call from Providence. 

After the B's practice in Wilmington on Friday, Hamill explained what has changed in his game over the past month. 

“I think just the creativeness and the confidence once you get going, I want to be a difference maker…and that’s kind of the way I like to play; to feed off guys and find some comfortable people to play with and that’s what I’ve been able to do,” he said.   

The Bruins announced the move Thursday evening, after the B’s 6-3 defeat of the Dallas Stars.   

“I think he’s one of those guys that is a good playmaker. He makes great passes and he sees the ice well," Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said after the B’s practice in Wilmington yesterday.

"From what I’m told, he was also shooting more and creating some of those situations.

“He’s not a real heavy guy, but he’s playing a lot stronger and that comes with experience at the pro level.”

Hamill was called-up on April 10 of last season and played in his first NHL game the following day against the Washington Capitals.

Zach earned his first career NHL point with an assist in that game.

“Pre –season I played quite a few games,” Hamill said yesterday of the experience he garnered against the Caps. "But you don’t know anything until you play in a real game and that’s kind of what that game gave me."

Through 44 games with Providence this season, Hamill has 3-25-28 totals and a plus-4 rating.

“It’s a look,” Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli said of Hamill’s call-up.  “It could turn into something longer. It could be a very brief look. We’ll see how he plays.

"You have to earn your time, but he’s also earned a look.”

There will certainly be an opportunity for Hamill to show the B’s how he has improved since his one-game stint with Boston at the end of last season.

B’s center Marc Savard remains sidelined due to a concussion suffered on Jan. 22 and Bruins winger Daniel Paille will serve a four game suspension starting today. 

Although Hamill doesn’t know how long he’ll be in Boston he’s planning on making the most of every minute of his experience.

“I’m taking it day-by-day right now,” he said. "Even shorter, shift-by-shift."

---Hannah Becker
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