If Flyers fans are having dreams of Dougie Hamilton wearing orange and black, there's no wondering why.

The Flyers missed the 2021 playoffs in large part because they allowed the NHL's most goals per game at 3.52 and failed to fill the hole left by the retirement of top-pair, righty-shot defenseman Matt Niskanen.

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Hamilton, currently playing in the postseason with the Hurricanes, is a top-pair, righty-shot defenseman and widely considered the best pending unrestricted free-agent blueliner.

And for good reason.

During his three seasons with Carolina, the 6-foot-6, 229-pound Hamilton has ranked first among all NHL defensemen in goals (42), 11th in plus-minus (plus-50) and 14th in points (121).