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HAMILTON'S IMMENSE IMPACT

Dougie Hamilton is on pace to set new offensive career highs this season

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

With 20 games left in the regular season, it is safe to say Dougie Hamilton is on his way to setting new career highs in goals, assists and points.

The 23-year-old blueliner has 10 goals, 29 helpers and 39 points through 62 skates - two goals, three assists and four points shy of his current single-season highs. He is also tied with Mikael Backlund for the team lead in game-winning goals with five.

Impressive totals, no doubt.

But Hamilton's underlying numbers are just as meritorious. 

Video: CGY@TBL: Frolik notches 300th point on Hamilton's PPG

Hamilton leads all Flames defencemen in shoot attempt percentage (SAT%) this year, sitting at the 55.45% mark ahead of this afternoon's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

His shoot attempt total, which is the number of shoot attempts for minus shoot attempts against during five-on-five play, leads all Calgary skaters at 199.

Hamilton's five-on-five unblocked shot attempt percentage (USAT%) ranks up there as well, sitting third at 55.59%

His zone starts indicate his ability to move the puck quickly out of his own end, with 321 of his even-strength starts coming in the defensive zone. That total is third amongst Flames rearguards, behind just Mark Giordano and TJ Brodie.

Video: CGY@NSH: Hamilton waits, buries shot through traffic

On the power play, Hamilton has been the Flames' top producing defenceman with 12 points with the man advantage. He is also tied for the lead in power play assists (1) and third in power play shots (38) while being sixth in power play ice time (145:18).

Hamilton has been a big factor in the Flames recent success, registering six points in Calgary's 4-0-1 run. On Friday, he posted his fourth three-point game of the year, making him just one of four NHL defencemen to hit three points in four skates this year (Victor Hedman, Erik Karlsson, and Kevin Shattenkirk).

His SAT% (57.58%) and USAT% (61.63%) over the past five games leads all Flames with more than a single game played. He is third in points during that run, with six, and is tied for the lead in shots on net with 15.

Video: CGY@ARI: D. Hamilton shows off moves, nets OT winner

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