Hamilton ready for NHL debut

BOSTON -- It’s going to be a memorable night for Boston Bruins rookie Dougie Hamilton.

The 19-year-old defenseman will make his NHL debut against the New York Rangers at TD Garden. He was focused during the team’s morning skate on Saturday and afterwards said he’s ready.

“It’s definitely exciting,” Hamilton said. “It’s something I’ve kind of waited for since the whole lockout. I was waiting for the call to come to Boston. I’ll just try to prove myself. It’s just really cool to be here and I’m excited.”

The Bruins selected him in the first round (ninth overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the lockout playing for his junior team the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL. He also played for Team Canada in the World Junior Championship.

During the six-day training camp for the Bruins this week, coach Claude Julien had Hamilton working with defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. Hamilton also was working on the power play. Julien said after Saturday’s game-day skate, he’s not about to put too much pressure on rookie.

“We all know he’s got the size. We all know he can move the puck well and he skates well,” Julien said. “We all know he’s got great hockey sense, but where is his weakness? I don’t think he has a weakness. The only weakness he has is his lack of experience. We need to allow him to get that. We like where he is. We like what he’s brought so far. You’ve seen lots of guys come into the league the same as he has and do well and we expect him to be that guy.”

Julien added Hamilton wouldn’t be here if he wasn’t talented enough to handle the NHL.

“They’ve told me it’s just another game and to have fun and that’s what I’m going to try to do,” Hamilton said. “I’ll just go out there and enjoy it.”