Next up in our draft profile series will be big defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Hamilton is 6'4 187 pounds and plays for the Niagra Icedogs in the OHL, he had 58 points in 67 games this season.
Hamilton has been all over the rankings in the last few months, at times looking like a top 6 lock and now most recently being ranked 12th in the rankings by Craig Button on TSN.
Some pluses you get with Hamilton are his strong mobility for a player as big as he is, also that he is a good skater, and his offensive game really came alive this season. Not only is he a good hockey player but hes also a smart kid. According to a recent newsday article he had a 97 average in school this year which made him the scholastic player of the year for his league. Some negatives are that he has to fill out his big frame which will come with time also he is sometimes guilty of making poor decisions or trying to force a play.
Marty Williamson the GM and coach of the Niagra Icedogs recently spoke to Arthur Staple of Newsday and said he doesn't think that Hamilton will last past the Islanders.
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http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/staple-s-center-ice-1.2236152/junior-coach-on-possible-isles-picks-hamilton-strome-1.2959048 (subscription required)