Doug Hamilton is all of six games into his NHL career and things are looking good thus far for the 19-year-old Bruins defenseman.

So good, in fact, that Boston coach Claude Julien sees a trace of greatness in the 6-foot-5-inch rookie. His body type, style of play and demeanor, Julien noted Tuesday, conjures up an image of Hall of Famer Larry Robinson, the ex-Montreal defenseman.

"He's tall, and he's not going to run anybody through the boards,'' said Julien, prior to the Bruins defeating one of Robinson's former clubs, the Devils, 2-1, in a shootout Tuesday night at the Garden. "But he's solid and he moves the puck well and sees the play well. I think everybody knows Larry was a pretty good player.''

Hamilton, the No. 9 pick in the June 2011 draft, only officially learned on Monday the Bruins would not send him back to his St. Catharines, Ontario, junior team. Now that he has played his sixth game, he is in Boston to stay for the season, and likely for years and years to come, providing Julien's assessment is correct.

Thus far, Hamilton has shown himself to be a very effective passer and puckhandler, often triggering strong first passes out of the defensive zone (one leading to a Patrice Bergeron breakaway goal) and also able to tiptoe along the blue line, in possession of the puck, when Julien has rolled him out for the power play. There have been glimpses of him in games when it has been difficult to remember that he's a new kid on the Causeway block.