|Written by Jason Banks|
February 2013 – Hamill did little in Hershey to force Washington to take a look at him even while they were struggling offensively. He was recently traded to the Florida organization where opportunities are still readily available for him. In five games with San Antonio, Hamill has contributed four points. Hamill is an active shooter as he has only been held shot less only four times so far this season. Jason Banks
July 2012 – In late May, Hamill was shipped out by the Bruins to Washington in exchange for Chris Bourque (Ray’s son). This increases Hamill’s odds of seeing NHL time, as the Caps tend to use a bunch of prospects and give players opportunities. Hamill being the setup guy he is, may produce if thrust onto a line with guys like Wolski, Ovechkin, Johansson or other finishing prospects Washington has coming along (it is unlikely he gets an opportunity with Ovie). Because Washington has 12 forwards on one way contracts and Marcus Johansson, Hamill should be heading to Hershey where he will compete with others to be a consistent call up. Down the road with Ribeiro, Brower, Crabb, Hendricks and Wolski’s contracts up at the end of the year, a strong season could finally make Hamill a regular for 2013-14. Jason Banks
March 2012 – Hamill is at the crossroads with the Bruins organization as he is in his last year of his ELC. This being his fourth pro season, Hamill will need to produce in order to stay and get his opportunity in the NHL. He has good vision and hockey IQ, but still needs to be stronger with the puck, quicker, and display the ability to score at the pro level. Russ Bitely
Fantasy Outlook: C-
Hamill has good playmaking skills, but still lacks the speed and finish needed at the highest level.
Zach Hamill sets up another Bruin prospect Jordan Caron with the Bruins on 11/10/2011.
Fantasy Prospects Report Notes (Any FPR's released in the last 18 months will not be listed here):
2009 Fantasy Prospects Report:
Despite the huge influx of talent currently making its way through the Boston system, there had to be some failures or underperformers. The 2007 eighth overall pick Zach Hamill has been one of them. After a stellar junior career that saw the 20-year-old net 262 points in just 250 games, Hamill debuted in the AHL in the spring of '08. He made an immediate impression, tallying five helpers in his first seven games. Hamill continued his hot play with four more points in nine playoff games for Providence. 2008-09 was expected to be a big year for the smallish center, but that didn’t materialize. Partially impacted by the sheer number of talented forwards in Providence, Hamill saw spotty ice time, and potted just 10 goals and 20 points all year. An energy forward with decent wheels, Hamill's lack of truly elite talent may be what ultimately holds him back from being more than a utility player.
Upside: Jarret Stoll. (25-45-70, 80 PIM)
Certainty (NHLer; Upside): 60%; 30%
2008 Fantasy Prospects Report:
After being selected eighth overall last summer and then putting in a strong performance in the Canada-Russia Super Series, Hamill has actually taken a small step back. He was a late cut for Team Canada at the World Juniors and his production at the WHL level has declined – something that is not very common for future stars. His five points in seven games for Providence of the AHL at the end of the year gives some hope and he is still just 19, however he will need a few years to find his game at the pro level. The team is deep at center so they can wait on Hamill until 2010-11.
Upside: Jarret Stoll. (30-45-75, 80 PIM)
Certainty (NHLer; Upside): 70%; 30%
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