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The Hammer is a Bruin

by Joe Gallagher / Boston Bruins - Edmonton may have selected a Nail with the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but in the 7th round the Bruins got “The Hammer.”

With their final pick in the draft, the Bruins selected Colton “The Hammer” Hargrove - the 215-pound forward from Rockwall, Texas.

“It’s a dream come true,” Hargrove said of being drafted in the NHL.

Boston Bruins Director of Amateur Scouting, Wayne Smith, explained the Bruins strategy -- and thereby the B's reasoning for taking Hargrove -- in the draft.

“We wanted to add some size and some toughness," said Smith. "We got that down the stretch."

The Dallas-born Hargrove fits the mold of a big power forward that could bulk up the front lines of the Black & Gold in the coming years.

Like all draft picks, hearing his name called was a pleasant surprise from the uncertainty leading up to draft day.

“I talked to Scott Fitzgerald about it and he said they’re interested in me and my advisor said yesterday they might pick me with their last pick,” Hargrove said.

Smith credited the diligence of the Bruins scouting staff, and particularly Fitzgerald, for discovering Hargrove.

“Credit to Scott Fitzgerald for initially getting in there and identifying him so our staff was well aware of him,” Smith said.

Hargrove credits the USHL for getting him noticed.

“You know I wasn’t really getting scouted that much and then I came to the USHL,” the forward said of his coaches John Marks and Byron Pool who worked with him. “I think that’s what helped me get here.”

The 19-year-old is a left-handed shot and has a versatile style.

“Kind of just a skilled grinder that likes to hit so I think I can bring a physical game and some skill to the team,” Hargrove said.

Last season with Fargo, Hargrove scored 16 goals with 22 assists for 38 points in the USHL.

The Hammer’s also not afraid to drop the gloves. An internet video of Hargrove shows him squaring up with Jared Hanson of the Lincoln Stars, sending a bloodied Hanson to the box after a flurry of uppercuts from the southpaw.

“He’s also a big, strong kid,” Smith said of Hargrove's appeal to the Bruins.

Smith compared Hargrove’s character to their earlier draft pick, Cody Payne, who Smith described as “as tough as they come.”

“Certainly Colton Hargrove is a similar type player,” Smith said. “Very physical, very tough. I’m sure the Bruins fans will get to know them and enjoy them when their day comes.”

Hargrove looks forward to joining his former teammate, Zane Gothberg, at the Bruins Development camp next week.

“I’m real excited finally get to see him again,” Hargrove said. “I haven’t seen him in a while and hopefully we’re on opposite teams so I can score on him a couple times.”

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