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2015 NHL Draft Rumors: Dougie Hamilton to Coyotes for third overall pick?

Could the Boston Bruins offer the Arizona Coyotes a major prize on defense?

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After speculating about a possible first round swap with Columbus, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch raised this possibility earlier this morning:

UPDATE #2 (11:57 AM) And a second source believes things are brewing...

The Arizona Coyotes may be able to acquire pending RFA defenseman Dougie Hamilton from the Boston Bruins in exchange for the 3rd overall pick in this year's Draft, and perhaps more.

Hamilton would be a major acquisition for the Coyotes. While only 22 years old, Hamilton has been putting up dynamite numbers in the NHL. Per War-On-Ice:

Hamilton has only gotten better since breaking into the NHL three years ago. And a potential Oliver Ekman-Larsson/Dougie Hamilton pairing could potentially be one of the best pairings in the NHL.

There are obvious concerns though. Hamilton is poised to receive a major payday, which is likely the reason Boston is contemplating trading him at all. Can Arizona offer Hamilton what he's seeking? And if not, could they become a contender fast enough to maximize his value before he becomes an unrestricted free agent?

Of all the players mentioned in a possible trade for the third overall pick, Hamilton is by far the best. Whether Don Maloney is willing to let go of this selection, and whether the Bruins are willing to let go of their best young defenseman is a very interesting storyline heading into the 2015 NHL Draft.


It would make a lot of sense for Boston to insist taking the Savard contract off their hands be part of the deal. The Bruins need cap flexibility badly.

UPDATE #3 (12:10 PM): Not only is Hamilton not coming to Arizona, but it looks as though he's coming to the Pacific Division.

Calgary makes a bold move here.