Dougie Hamilton D BOS 5 Days

Hamilton, who is thought to be dealing with a shoulder injury, is out indefinitely, according to coach Claude Julien.

Hamilton -- who has recorded 42 points in 72 games for the B's to date -- will be evaluated again in a few days, but at the very least, it sounds as though he is slated to miss time beyond Thursday's contest against the Ducks. His absence, for any length of time, is a huge blow to a Boston squad that is clawing to remain in playoff contention down the NHL stretch run.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 7 Days's Joe Haggerty indicates that there are fears that Hamilton may have suffered a significant shoulder injury Saturday against the Panthers.

The report remains speculative, however, given that the Bruins haven't provided any updates on the blueliner's status other than relaying that Hamilton (who is out Sunday against the Lightning) will be further evaluated in Boston in the coming days. In Hamilton's absence, Zach Trotman rejoined the Bruins' lineup on Sunday.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 7 Days

Hamilton (unspecified injury) won't play Sunday against the Lightning.

Hamilton will be evaluated in Boston in advance of Thursday's game against the Ducks, with Zach Trotman thus in line to move into the B's blue line mix for Sunday's game, at a minimum.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 7 Days

Hamilton, who indicates suffered a suspected shoulder injury Saturday against the Panthers, is not in line to play Sunday against the Lightning, according to

With Hamilton ailing and slated to undergo additional testing in Boston on Monday, the Bruins have recalled fellow defenseman Zach Trotman from AHL Providence in advance of Sunday's contest.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 7 Days

Hamilton will not return to the ice Saturday against the Panthers after suffering an undisclosed injury.

Hamilton took a hard check into the boards in Saturday's game and ultimately came away with an injury. He should be considered a game-time decision for Sunday's contest against the Lightning until the Bruins announce the severity of his injury.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 18 Days

Hamilton picked up two assists in Tuesday's win over Ottawa, giving him five helpers in the last four games.

Hamilton's goal-scoring prowess has been noteworthy, as he's hit double digits in that category this season for the first time (but probably not the last), but he's been piling up the helpers of late, thanks in no small part to a willingness to fire the puck on net -- over that same four-game stretch, he's put 17 shots on goal.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 21 Days

Hamilton collected two helpers in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Flyers.

It's the 10th multi-point game of the season for Hamilton, whose scoring production outstrips defensive partner Zdeno Chara these days. Still just 21 years old, Hamilton probably hasn't even hit his ceiling yet as a fantasy contributor. He could have a 50- or 55-point campaign in his future.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 1 Month

Hamilton recorded a pair of points on the power play, with both a goal and an assist in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Blackhawks.Hamilton has been on a solid scoring stretch of late, registering seven points in his last seven contests. While his plus-minus has taken a hit from last season's plus-22 rating, the defenseman was able to get it back to an even zero after Sunday's plus-2 rating. With 34 points in 59 games, the 21-year-old represents a reliable scoring option from the blueline.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 1 Month

Hamilton picked up two assists in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Oilers.The third-year rearguard has been on a nice little tear over the last week or so, recording five points in the last five games. With 31 points in 57 games -- and 147 shots on goal -- the 21-year-old Hamilton has been a nice source of offense from the back end this season, and should only continue to get better as he matures.

Dougie Hamilton D BOS 2 Months

Hamilton picked up an assist and attempted four shots in Sunday's loss to the Canadiens.

Though he's noticed a steep dropoff from his plus-22 rating of a year ago, Hamilton has already established a career best with 28 points this season. His uptick in offense has helped offset the decline of Zdeno Chara, but he's seen his production slow a bit of late, particularly as a goal scorer. He's found the net just once since late December.