Re: Hamilton draws first blood
posted at 5/7/2012 8:36 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Hamilton draws first blood
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Hamilton draws first blood : I have to agree with you.Hamilton just does not seem to posess any "hockey sense". He gets his points, but does not seem to have that, WOW factor. His shot, skating, and playmaking, are average at best, and defensively, he will have people wishing for the good ol' days, with Dennis Wideman. I admit to only seeing about a dozen of his games this year, but if he is on the Bruins next year, it will be as a power play specialist, with very little 5 on 5 time. This guy has a LOT to learn.
Posted by biggskye[/QUOTE]
First and foremost I'm not disagreeing with anyone Chowda said, I didn't even see the game.
However, I disagree with this post in these respects;
his skating - is better than average, he was one of the best if not the best skaters at rookie camp.
the comparison to Wideman - I didn't see any interceptions or turnovers from Hamilton that reminded me of Wideman. And he made some really nice cross seam passes. He has very good vision, that is not to be confused with hockey sense.
If his shot, skating and playmaking are only average in juniors, why does this put him on the PP in the NHL? And further, why was he a 9th overall pick? After all, if his shot, skating and playmaking were only average, what was the other skill that lifted him above average?
From Chowda's report it sounded to me like Hamilton's game impact was exaggerated and that he has decision making issues. I can see that, I think the decision making sounds like maturity issues and something he can acquire with seasoning. I didn't see anything in Chowda's report that questioned his basic abilities.