Leading up to the 2011 draft, Flordiapanthers.com will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. At number 3, the Panthers have a lot of players to choose from. What direction and who will they pick?
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THE SHINNY: The fourth ranked North American skater according to C.S.S., Dougie Hamilton led Niagara and finished fourth in the Ontario Hockey League in scoring among defensemen with 58 points (12 goals) in 67 games. The right-handed shot finished with 16 points in 14 playoff games (4 goals).
Athleticisism runs in his family as his father was an Olympic rower for Canad, his mother competed on Canada's basketball teams at the Olympics and World Championships while his older brother was selected 129th overall by the San Jose Sharks last summer.
NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards: “He moves the puck well and makes good outlet passes, he does make good decisions with the puck, moves it very well out of his zone. He's a big guy, he'll take the body. … He uses his size well. He can muscle people off the puck."
Niagara head coach Marty Williamson: “Especially at this level, you find guys that are awkward or don't have a lot of explosion. You're 6-foot-4, you don't have a lot of explosion (but) the jump off his skates is phenomenal. When he sees those opportunities to jump into the rush or lead the rush, I really believe it's untapped what he can do. He's a very special defenseman in our league. He just has to understand the details and he's going to be a very good pro . . . Dougie gets himself very prepared for hockey games. He's very diligent preparing himself. He goes about it very business-like. He's mature beyond his years."
NHL Team: San Jose Sharks NHL Player: Jay Bouwmeester Shootout Move: "Spin-o-rama" Movie: The Guardian Actor: Adam Sandler Sport (other than hockey): Basketball Superhero: The Flash
The list included No. 7 Dougie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs in the Ontario Hockey League, No. 9 Nathan Beaulieu of the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and No. 10 Ryan Murphy of the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL.
Hamilton Learning To Enjoy Game's Physical Side (12.06.11) Last season at practice, Niagara IceDogs forward Freddie Hamilton sometimes would give a little extra shot to his teammate and younger brother Dougie, a defenseman on the team.
Now that Dougie Hamilton has grown into a 6-foot-4, 193-pound top defense prospect for the 2011 Entry Draft, those opportunities might have run out.