The Bruins have signed Dougie Hamilton to a three-year entry-level contract. Hamilton will carry a $925,000 annual cap hit.
Hamilton, the team’s first-round pick in 2011, was the final piece of the Phil Kessel trade with Toronto.
The 18-year-old Hamilton could push for an NHL paycheck next season, according to GM Peter Chiarelli.
“I think he can challenge for a spot next year,” Chiarelli said.
In 28 games for Niagara this year, Hamilton has scored 11 goals and 30 assists. Chiarelli expects Hamilton will make Team Canada’s roster for the 2012 World Junior Championship. The Bruins project the right-shot Hamilton to be a No. 1 NHL defenseman.