Re: Anyone still have a problem with Hamilton?
posted at 1/26/2013 9:20 AM EST
In response to Fletcher1's comment:
A very strange thread seeing as it's 4 games into the season, and everyone here agreed he was an outstanding prospect and a good draft pick. A veteran poster should know better. I think he looks great. More polished than expected and I am continuously impressed at his uncanny ability to put his shots on the net. He seems to be better than anyone at that. I really like the kid. Just like I thought I would.
But if this thread is supposed to be a rebuttal to people who pointed to the WJC as a disappointing tournament for the kid, it fails on every level.
Perspective folks. Let's let the kid get a (shortened) season under his belt before we annoit him as the next Norris winner. That's the stuff of Stanley. I love him, but 4 games...!
I think we're looking at one of the great ones. I've got him picked for the Calder, but I wouldn't bet that much money on it. Then again, I'm not a gambling guy. Here's another way to look at this.
Would you be surprised if he won the Calder this year? I wouldn't.
Would you be surprised if he was in Norris trophy discussions this year, not as a nominee, but everyone saying that he will be next year? I wouldn't.
Would you be surprised he won the Norris in the next 2 seasons? I wouldn't
Or he's another way to look at the Hamilton picture. I'll say that people have taken him for granted. How often do you see a rookie defenseman do what he has done? It's his first 4 games in the NHL and he's been rock solid - and gathering steam in those first 4 games.
Only 4 NHL games and he's looked like an NHL regular. For a rookie that's huge. The worst you could say about him is that he looked shakey in an exhibition game, and even then it's an arguable point. The best you could say about him? You could start to argue that he's been the second best defenseman on the team.
Right now he's got 3 points, tied with several for most points on the team.
3 points leads Boston defenseman.
11 shots, tied for second on the team.
11 shots leads Boston Defenseman.
+2 tied with several on the team.
Yes, 4 games in. But he deserves a huge credit for these 4 games.