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The Calgary Flames have acquired defenseman Dougie Hamilton from Boston in exchange for the 15th, 45th and 52nd picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (so goodbye, Nick Merkley, and thanks, Glencross!).
Hamilton will bring elite potential to an already stacked defense corps. He’s 22(!), and led all Bruins defensemen in goals and points last year with 10 and 42, respectively. Oh, and did we mention that he’s still just 22(!)?
Expect him to man the blueline next year either on the first pairing with Mark Giordano or on the second pairing with one of Kris Russell or Dennis Wideman (probably the former). He’ll be better suited with a defensive defenseman, having a greater tendency to score, yet he doesn’t often get lost in his own zone. He has playoff experience, having made the Cup Finals in 2013 with Boston and advancing to the Conference Finals last year before bowing out to the Rangers, and we hardly gave up anything to get him - only three picks? WOW!
So, to summarize: