Devils' Head Coach Calls Out Dougie Hamilton

New Jersey Devils head coach Lindy Ruff was not a happy camper after Thursday's loss to the St Louis Blues. In particular, Ruff wasn't a fan of defenseman Dougie Hamilton's game and called him out after the game.

Ruff met with the media postgame and had this to say about the Devils star defenseman:

I didn't like his game. It's not good enough for our team to win. You can't get scored against. I keep telling the team, if you want to play more, you can't get scored against. If you're a young player and want to play, don't get scored against. So, obviously I thought he could have been better.

Hamilton played close to 25 minutes of ice time and recorded an assist, however he was a minus-3 rating. He also took a pair of penalties, which Ruff wasn't impressed with.

Hamilton has been unreal this season for the Devils leading up to Thursday's action. He's recorded 34 points in 39 games and is a +14 rating. Turns out Ruff wasn't finished here as he made sure to comment on rookie forward Fabian Zetterlund after the game who was a healthy scratch:

Look at the numbers. It's got to be better than that. If you're not producing, then you better be hitting. If you're not doing either one, then you've got to bring something to the table. Look at what (Alexander Holtz) brought the night before, he deserved to stay in. (Zetterlund) needs to bring more. You've either got to produce, or you've got to be a guy that the other team hates playing against.

The Devils return to action on Saturday as they host the rival New York Rangers.

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