Dougie Hamilton: Defenseman
82 GP, 17 G, 27 A, 44 PTS, 64 PIM, +6.65 CFRel%
Our Individual Grades
MarkParkinson14: (A) Season #3 with the Flames was a success for Dougie Hamilton. Yeah, he seemed to take some bonehead penalties at times, but overall he was more than capable as part of the Flames top defensive pairing. Hamilton finished tied for the most goals by a defenceman with 17 goals, which is a career high for Hamilton. He also notched his fourth 40+ point season of his career in 2017-18. It still amazes me that people still want him traded.
MGMacGillivray: (A-) If he could’ve just cut down on the penalties, he definitely would’ve been in the A range for me. Aside from that he was still the Flames best defender for most of the season and you would have to think that his points total would’ve been much higher had he been on the top powerplay earlier than Game 55 of the season. I guess that’s why the Flames have a new coaching staff now. He and Giordano still form one of the league’s best pairings, and Hamilton is still only starting to blossom into a top 10 defender in this league.
RenuSahota: (A) All this talk and pressure about Top 2D pairing with Gio, previous season trade rumours circulating via Chayka chump change. Dougie had to play with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, but he braved through and produced points for the team and proved to be a valuable player.
MilhouseFirehouse: (A) Still a notoriously slow starter, Dougie’s second half of the year picked up. Finishing in a 3-way tie for goals by defensemen this season is a big step and a nice feather in the cap. While he didn’t take any more penalties this year than he did last year (64 PIM), it certainly seemed like he was taking them at much worse times during stretches this year, although I don’t think anyone expected to nominate him for the Lady Byng. Regardless, when the big man is rolling he is an absolute impact player and game changer and we saw that in plenty of high leverage situations this season. At 24, he still possesses an even higher ceiling moving forward as a borderline elite blue line talent in this league.
Our Final Grade: A
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