Barys Astana Sign Former Boston First Rounder Zach Hamill

Barys Astana of the KHL have signed Canadian forward Zach Hamill, just days after getting released by the AHL’s Utica Comets.

Hamill spent the 2012-2013 season split between the Hershey Bears and the Milwaukee Admirals, recording 26 total points. Hamill has been in 20 NHL games in his career, tallying 4 assists and 4 PIM with the Bruins. The Vancouver native was selected eighth overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Bruins, and after signing with the Canucks during the most recent off-season, Hamill was hoping for a chance to suit up for the club he once idolized.

That wasn’t the case. Instead, Hamill had just three goals and nine points in 21 games with the Canucks’ AHL affiliate, leading the NHL club to place him on unconditional waivers. Hamill, the WHL scoring champion with Everett in 2006-07, has yet to live up to his junior prowess that led him to being drafted high up, and in an interview with Jim Jamieson from the Providence, he admits that his career hasn’t worked out as he planned.

“In Boston, the timing just didn’t work out,” he said. “But you go from there and you learn. You just put your head down and keep working.”

Same goes for Vancouver, too.

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