The Boston Bruins significantly improved their depth in goal this spring with the addition of 2012 first round pick Malcolm Subban and free agent signee Niklas Svedberg. The addition of the two talented netminders gives Boston five goalies in their Top 20, more than any other team in the league. Dougie Hamilton continues his reign as Boston's best prospect, but the newly drafted Subban has supplanted Ryan Spooner as the number two prospect in the organization.
1. (1) Dougie Hamilton, D, 9.0C
Drafted 1st round, 9th overall, 2011
Dougie Hamilton has the talent and ability to be the Bruins next great defenseman. The CHL Defenseman of the Year has rare size at 6'5, outstanding mobility, top-of-his-class intelligence, a penchant for big hits, and a high-end offensive game. However, the 19 year-old still has a long way to go in terms of filling out his massive frame, and as many fans saw at this summer's Canada-Russia challenge, needs to continue refining his defensive game.
Considered too good to go back to junior, Hamilton is expected to make Boston's team this fall. However, do not expect big returns right away as Bruins head coach Claude Julien is notoriously careful with his young players.