Dougie Hamilton and 4 Players Who Can Start a Youth Movement for Boston Bruins

August 2nd, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
The Boston Bruins will head into the 2012-13 season with the expectation that they can once again contend for the Stanley Cup.

They may have lost oddball goalie Tim Thomas to a "personal" decision to leave the NHL for at least a season, but general manager Peter Chiarelli has one of the most talented rosters in the league.

Players like Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and David Krejci are some of the best offensive players in the NHL, and they will get a boost from the return of Nathan Horton, who missed the second half of the season following concussion-related issues.

The defense is among the best in the league with Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk and Andrew Ference, and Tuukka Rask appears to be a solid replacement for Thomas.

The Bruins will depend on their veteran talent, but Chiarelli also has the start of a youth movement that will allow talented players to assert themselves.

In the upcoming season, it would be a shock if defenseman Dougie Hamilton was not one of the leading contenders for the Calder Trophy given to the league's best rookie (source: Hamilton has size, a b ...

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