Dougie Hamilton D BOS 3 Days

Hamilton returned to the ice Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice with the flu.

Hamilton -- who has 11 points in 20 games to date -- thus appears to be on track to suit up Friday against Columbus, barring any setbacks.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 4 Days

Hamilton was held out of practice Wednesday due to the flu, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.

Hamilton's status for Friday's game against the Blue Jackets may come in doubt if he doesn't improve over the next couple of days. The Bruins' defensemen have been bit by the injury bug this season, and could ill-afford to lose another for an extended period of time. If Hamilton can't go Friday, the team would likely need to make a move to add a sixth blueliner to the roster.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 9 Days

Hamilton opened the scoring Thursday against Montreal with a power-play goal late in the first period, but it turned out to be Boston's only offense in a 5-1 loss. He finished minus-3 with two PIM.

That big minus is quite startling to see from Hamilton -- or any Bruin -- but the B's don't get blown out too often. Nonetheless, Hamilton continues to deliver highly fantasy-relevant stats from the blue line.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 16 Days

Hamilton powered Thursday's 5-2 win over the Oilers with a power-play goal and two assists (one on the man advantage).

With the Bruins trailing 2-1 in the third period, Hamilton went to work. First, he collected the primary assist on Loui Eriksson's game-tying tally, then he assisted on Carl Soderberg's game-winning goal on the power play only 1:25 later, and just over a minute after that, he scored a power-play marker of his own. The third-year defender has been making serious strides with his offense in the absence of Zdeno Chara -- since Chara suffered his knee injury, Hamilton has posted eight points (two goals, six assists) in six games. He had just two points in nine games while Chara was around.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 28 Days

Hamilton scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's win over Toronto. He was the game's top star.

This guy has stud written all over him. The Bruins are counting on him to help fill the gap created when Zdeno Chara got hurt. Those are tough skates to fill, but we're about to see him flourish in that situation.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 29 Days

With Zdeno Chara out, Dennis Seidenberg joined Hamilton on the Bruins' top defensive pairing in Friday's practice, the Boston Globe reports.

Per the Boston Herald, Hamilton took a shot off his hand during the session, but appears to be okay in advance of Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs. To date, Hamilton has notched two points in nine games, but in Chara's absence, he figures to be counted on heavily by the Bruins in the coming weeks, with an uptick in production plausible.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 1 Month

Hamilton picked up his first two points of the season Saturday when he scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-0 win over Buffalo.

This kid is going to be the backbone of the Bruins back end in just a couple of years. He and Zdeno Chara form an interesting pairing, with the latter mentoring the young stud to essentially replace him one day.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 2 Months

Hamilton saw a team-high 22:07 worth of ice time in Wednesday's 2-0 preseason win over the Capitals.

Hamilton, who recorded an assist in the game, is coming off a 2013-14 season in which he recorded 25 points in 64 games, but following a seven-point postseason effort in 12 contests, the 21 year-old-blueliner appears poised to see an uptick in production in his third season with the Bruins.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 6 Months

Dougie Hamilton played some of the best hockey of his career in the playoffs this season.

Although the Bruins' campaign ended with disappointment, Hamilton was one of the few bright spots in the series against Montreal and in the post season overall. In 12 games he registered seven points and was plus one while playing very effectively alongside Zdeno Chara. "I thought it was a real coming out for Dougie [Hamilton]. He had a real - he made mistakes, don't get me wrong. But I think he had, by the end, a real good playoff," said Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli. "You saw the confidence, you saw something that Claude [Julien] has been working on with the defending. He still has areas to improve on there, but he is really defending with more strength. He's not always been good with the puck, but he had a really solid, real solid playoff. As did Torey [Krug] while we're talking about young defenseman. He played well too." Hamilton certainly is on the upswing.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 7 Months

Dougie Hamilton had an assist in Boston's 4-2 victory over Montreal in Game 5 on Saturday.

Hamilton has recorded at least a point in six of his last eight contests. He has two goals and five assists in 10 postseason contests.