Last night before the Bruins-Lightning game, the fans of Bruins Nation found out who won the coveted 7th Player Award. This award, which has been given out for forty-four years now, goes to the player that has exceeded expectations throughout the season. This year’s winner was rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton.
In his first season with the Bruins, The 6’5″, 200lb. Dougie sure has exceeded my expectations. Hamilton has earned sixteen points so far this season(five goals, and eleven assists in 42 games) He also has a +/- of a +6. The rookie defenseman ranks second among Bruins D-men(behind captain Zdeno Chara) in points, and goals. The 19-year old Hamilton is tied for third in the NHL among rookie defensemen in points and goals, while holding third for assists by himself. Hamilton is from Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and he was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round (9th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
In one of those moments of irony that you have to appreciate in Boston sports, the player voted by the fans was sitting out due to a healthy scratch. Apparently, he was told a few minutes before hand, and had to go throw on a jersey and some skates so he could accept the award. Later, as the Bruins were playing one of their better games of the season, he was up on the ninth level watching the game with the other members of the scratch line.
When I commented on this situation, a fellow member of the Nation gave me the skinny on Dougie’s situation:
If you are pissed that Julien scratched Dougie again, he already played 38 games in the OHL and World Juniors before #Bruins even started
— GermanBsFan (@Germanbsfan) April 25, 2013
I got to admit, that argument makes an awful lot of sense.
Personally, I voted for Daniel Paille. I voted for him a lot this year. I thought that any player that constantly got moved up from the grind line to the performance lines was worthy of my vote. Paille also scored more points (ok, one) than Hamilton. He did all this with half the penalties, and twice the accuracy. That was my case why Paille should have been seen as the player that exceeded expectations. Apparently I wasn’t alone in that opinion. However, it’s the majority of the votes that counted here.
So, congratulations Dougie. You won a car, five grand to give to the charity of your choice, and have proved you have earned the goodwill of the Nation in your first year wearing the Black and Gold. So, will you be teaching us how to Dougie then?