Dougie Hamilton
Dougie Hamilton
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
Carolina Hurricanes
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After potting a career-high 17 goals in his fourth straight 40-point season, Hamilton was redirected to Carolina this offseason in a blockbuster trade. The 25-year-old blueliner happened to be one of the most consistent skaters on the Flames, missing just one regular-season contest and averaging 20:20 of ice time during his three-year stint north of the border. He logged a career-best 21:32 of ice time last season and should see that number increase with the Hurricanes, as he figures to be the club's premier defenseman. With a steady role on the man advantage, Hamilton will likely post another 15-goal season with 40-plus points to boot. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $34.5 million contract with the Flames in June 2015.
Makes impact in Game 6
DCarolina Hurricanes
April 22, 2019
Hamilton scored a goal and an assist during Monday's 5-2 win over the Capitals in Game 6.
After being held scoreless in the prior two contests, Hamilton came up big to help keep the 'Canes alive. The blueliner now has three goals and six points through six games in the series, and Carolina will likely need him to be productive again Wednesday in Game 7 if the team is going to advance to the second round.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hamilton is coming off new career highs in goals (13), assists (37) and shots (222), further entrenching him as one of the most reliably productive defensemen in the NHL. Incredibly, he hit the 50-point mark despite falling short of 20 minutes of average ice time for the second straight season, but this year should see his minutes rise noticeably, offering the promise of even more scoring. Diving deeper into his stats, the Toronto native proved himself to be an excellent possession player, as evidenced by his 55.5 Corsi For percentage, and he showed improvement in his own zone by posting a plus-12 rating -- a massive step up from the minus-14 he posted one season prior. Only 24 years old, Hamilton is already one of the more electric blueliners around, and he hasn't reached his ceiling yet. That makes him a player worth reaching for in fantasy drafts.
For the first two months of last season, the trade that sent Hamilton from Boston to Calgary for a first-round pick and two second-rounders was looking pretty ugly – through the season’s first 24 games, he managed just five points and a minus-6 rating. Then the calendar turned to December and the switch flipped on for Hamilton, who proceeded to rip off 10 goals and 38 points through 58 games the rest of the way. That rate represents the kind of upside the 23-year-old offers the Flames and fantasy owners entering his fifth season in the league. The big defenseman isn’t afraid to use his body, skates and passes smoothly, and shoots lightning bolts; watching his highlights, you’d think he’s a forward from his willingness to penetrate deep into the offensive zone. Unfortunately, doing that in front of goalies who aren’t Tuukka Rask in his prime has come with a price: consecutive seasons with negative ratings, including a minus-14 last year. Hamilton still needs to polish his game before he can take the next step, but the addition of Brian Elliott in the Calgary net should be a big help to the young blueliner.
Up, up, and away -- that’s where Dougie Hamilton’s career is headed. He’s an outstanding two-way defender who is big, smart, and skilled. Most of all, he’s a powerful possession defender -- he can go back, retrieve the puck and exit the zone, something the Flames really struggled to do in 2014-15. In leaving Boston, Hamilton joins the most productive blue line in the NHL and will play for a coach who encourages his boys to jump in -- or even drive -- the offense. Those 42 points last season could very well become 50 in this system. The Flames will need to figure out their pairings, but suffice to say, Hamilton could form a lethal duo with either Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, or Dennis Wideman.
The 21-year-old Hamilton is still growing into his 6-foot-5 frame, but with two years as an NHLer already under his belt, the smooth-skating blueliner is poised to see a boost in production in 2014-15. Last season, Hamilton, recorded seven goals and 18 assists in 64 games for the Bruins. While not eye-popping numbers, the youngster’s confidence seemed to grow as the 2013-14 campaign rolled along. After a playoff effort that saw Hamilton record seven points in 12 games, he’s set to remain a vital component of the team’s blue line and power play for years to come, with deep league fantasy relevance likely on tap this year.
The 19-year-old blueliner Hamilton more than held his own in his first NHL season, recording five goals and 11 assists in 42 games. In recognition of his effort, he was given the Bruins’ Seventh Player Award, presented to the player who went above and beyond the call of duty for the team and exceeded the expectations of fans during the 2012-13 season. During the postseason, he only suited up for seven games, notching three helpers, as the team decided to roll with more experienced options, as well as the streaking Torey Krug. In the long-term though, Hamilton is brimming with potential. He's a smooth skater, who displays poise and skill with the puck, and once he adds some more bulk to his 6-foot-5 frame and gains more pro experience, the defensive end of his game should round out further to complement his developing offensive game.
The 19-year-old Hamilton is not eligible to play in the AHL next season and he has nothing to prove at the junior level, having dominated OHL competition last season to the tune of 17 goals and 55 assists in 50 games for the Niagara IceDogs. Assuming he sticks with the big club, Hamilton's initial utility will hinge on how much, if any, power play time he sees out of the gate. Given that the unit was not particularly dynamic for the B's last season, it's not hard to imagine the talented Hamilton getting a chance to work on special teams straight away. Hamilton still needs to grow into his 6-foot-5 frame, but his nice size/skills combo evokes memories of a young Rob Blake. In any case, he’s a blue-chip prospect who is already gold in keeper formats.
The Bruins selected Hamilton with the ninth overall pick in June's NHL Entry Draft, passing up an opportunity to scoop up dynamic puck-moving defenseman Ryan Murphy. In time, Bruins' fans figure to be happy with the pick, given the Rob Blake comparisons Hamilton has drawn, as the result of his nice combination of size and skill at both ends of the ice. He still has some filling out to do, but he could be a good option in a year or two and is one to target in keeper leagues.
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Riding six-game point streak
DCarolina Hurricanes
April 15, 2019
Hamilton recorded two goals -- including one on the power-play -- six shots, two hits and three blocked shots during Monday's 5-0 victory in Game 3 against the Capitals.
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Extends point streak to five games
DCarolina Hurricanes
April 13, 2019
Hamilton picked up a power-play assist and went plus-2 in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Capitals in Game 2 of their first-round series.
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Sets career high in goals
DCarolina Hurricanes
April 2, 2019
Hamilton scored two goals, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs.
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Finishing season on strong note
DCarolina Hurricanes
March 20, 2019
Hamilton notched an assist during Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Penguins, giving him eight points in his last 10 games.
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Opens scoring versus Avs
DCarolina Hurricanes
March 11, 2019
Hamilton's second-period goal started the offense in a 3-0 over the Avalanche on Monday.
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