It’s a team I’ve been following this year with their rise and all the great players they have and the great city and fans. All of that stuff pops into my head right away and it just makes me really happy. - Dougie Hamilton
SUNRISE, FL -- Dougie Hamilton now has two NHL Draft experiences under his belt.
Selected in the first round (No. 9) in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins, Hamilton was acquired via trade by the Calgary Flames nearly four years to the day.
“It’s almost feels like I’m going through the draft a little bit,” Hamilton told CalgaryFlames.com. “I’m pretty happy.
“It was a lot of excitement. It’s the first time I’ve ever been traded, so it’s all kind of new to me. I couldn’t really be happier. It’s a team I’ve been following this year with their rise and all the great players they have and the great city and fans. All of that stuff pops into my head right away and it just makes me really happy. I don’t really think it changes too much, but at the same time I’m just excited to have that new journey in my life.
“I’m excited with the C of Red and looking forward to getting started.”
Hamilton, 22, was acquired in exchange for Calgary’s first round pick (No. 15) and two second round picks (No. 45 & No. 52). Already drafting 14th overall, the trade gives Boston back-to-back picks in the first round.
In 178 career regular season games, 6-foot-5, 212-pound defenceman has recorded 22 goals and 83 points. He’s got two goals and 10 points in 19 career playoff games.
He set career highs in goals (10), assists (32) and points (42) in 2014-15. The totals led all Bruins defencemen.
“Just kind of hearing stuff and hearing rumours and things (of a trade), having it all come as a possibility, it doesn’t really sink in,” said Hamilton, a restricted free agent. “I don’t know if has sunk in yet, but I have two months to really focus on getting prepared for next season. It’ll definitely sink in and I will be pretty happy to get started in September.”
Hamilton bolsters a Flames defence that saw captain Mark Giordano finish sixth in the Norris Trophy vote, despite missing 21 games due to injury. TJ Brodie finished 18th in the vote, while Dennis Wideman ranked 20th. Kris Russell, Wideman's partner for most of the season, led the NHL with 283 shot blocks, too.
“I’m really excited,” said Hamilton, who represented Canada at the World Junior Championship on two occasions, including when Calgary hosted in 2012. “It’s guys that I’ve watched this year and in the past. I think just seeing how well they played this year and how well they played together and how they contribute, it’s exciting for me to be apart of that. Just playing against those guys this year, you could really see it, see how good they are and everything. I’m excited to be on their side.
“Giordano already called me though and I talked to him and obviously that just shows right away how good of a captain he is and somebody that I can learn from and hopefully play with.”
He feels he’ll fit right in.
“I think I’m a two-way defencemen,” he said. “I like to take care of my own end and use my size and skating but at the same time move the puck up. Offensively, pitch in as well with my shot and my play making ability.
"With all of my attributes, I think that I will be a great fit in Calgary with the players that they have and the coaching style, so it’s exciting for me."