Dougie’s rookie season had its peaks and valleys during the 2013 lockout-shortened season. At times, he showed glimpses of brilliance, while at other times he looked like a young defenseman going through some growing pains.
Those growing pains continued when he was a healthy scratch at the start of the 2013-14 season. But he responded nicely to that early season adversity and showed more signs of brilliance—and only spurts of disappointing play—pairing with both Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg.
Little did anyone know that Hamilton would face more adversity when he missed several games with a lower body injury. In his first few games after his return, he struggled to return to form, but the first-round pick is finding his stride again. And the Bruins are going to need that, especially with the injury to Seidenberg.
Hamilton still has some learning to do, but his growth from season one to season two is noticed.