Hamilton is a 6-foot-4, 193-pound defenseman. Hamilton has played for Niagara of the OHL the last two seasons. In 2010-11, Hamilton scored 12 goals and 46 assists for 58 points in 67 games. Hamilton finished third in OHL Top Defenseman voting last year.
Hamilton compared himself to Jay Bouwmeester, Rob Blake, and Brent Burns.
"I think I'm a big, complete defenseman," Hamilton said. "I can skate well, am pretty physical, make good passes, and contribute offensively as well."
Hamilton was the No. 4-ranked North American skater by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau. Hamilton is a native of Toronto.
"Tremendous skater," said GM Peter Chiarelli. "Good offensive instincts. Good stick. He's a very smart player on the ice. Good range. Has a good physical side to his game."
Here is Hamilton's scouting report via NHL.com:
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 IceDogs 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.”