Rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton will stay with the Bruins this season and not be sent back to juniors, general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters before Monday night's game at Carolina.
The news is no surprise, but the Bruins needed to make a decision. This season, underaged junior players are allowed to stay with their NHL teams for five games without burning a year of their entry-level contracts. Once they play six games, the entry-level contract kicks in. It's highly unlikely, but the Bruins still have the option to send Hamilton back to juniors by the April 6 NHL trade deadline, but they would still eat a year on his entry-level contract.
The 19-year-old Hamilton has come as advertised with three points in four games heading into Monday's game. He has racked up veteran minutes and shown veteran poise and decision-making more and more each game.
"We really like his composure, and his vision of the game, and how he moves the puck. He's been extremely good for us," coach Claude Julien told reporters at the Bruins' morning skate.