When the Bruins were awarded the second overall pick in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft thanks to their trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs that sent Phil Kessel to Toronto, Bruins fans got excited as once again the Bruins would have themselves a young talented franchise forward.
The debate of Taylor [Hall] vs. Tyler [Seguin] began as the hockey world argued over which one of the promising teenagers should go number one overall. Ultimately, Hall was drafted first by the Edmonton Oilers leaving Seguin for the Bruins. Right away Bruins fans fell in love with the then 18-year old Seguin, and people couldn’t wait to see what the kid could bring to the table.
His rookie season was a roller coaster one for sure. It was a season in which Seguin saw much more time in the press box then anyone had expected, as Seguin managed just 22 points in 74 games. But the Bruins went on to win the Stanley Cup that season and all Seguin did, or didn’t do, was essentially forgotten.
The 2011-12 season was Seguin’s coming out party as the Brampton, Ontario, Canada native led the Bruins in goals with 29, and points with 67. The Bruins were defeated by the Washington Capitals that season in seven games during the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, a series where Seguin managed just two goals and an assist. Albeit one of those goals came in overtime of Game 6, as the Bruins fought off elimination and forced a Game 7.
In last year’s lockout shortened season, Seguin was good, not great. Seguin finished the season third on the team in scoring with 32 points and second in goals with 16, but when the playoffs rolled around, he was nowhere to be found.
We all remember what happened to the Bruins in last seasons’ Stanley Cup Playoffs, Game 7 against Toronto, sweeping the Penguins, triple overtime, 17 seconds, but Seguin never seemed to be a part of any of that. Seguin posted just eight points in 22 playoff games while adding just one goal. Clearly the Bruins needed more from their promising forward, and Seguin failed to deliver.
Fast forward a little over five months to now and here we are, watching Seguin take the ice in Boston, just as we have since the 2010-11 season, but this time it’s in Green and White. In case you missed the fireworks over the summer, the Bruins traded their once top prospect, along with Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow.
Seguin has been doing exactly what we all knew he would do in Dallas, score. Seguin leads the Stars in goals with six, and points with 16. No surprise there.
As Seguin hits the Garden ice tonight for warm-ups for the first time as a visitor, we are left wondering why. Why is Seguin, the once future of the Bruins, now the future of the Stars?
You can point to his “off-ice issues,” lack of playoff points, Claude Julien’s system or even his work ethic as to why he is no longer in Boston, but at the end of the day, no matter which reason you believe is why Seguin was traded, Boston just wasn’t a good fit for him.
Despite not being a member of the Bruins, Boston will always be a special place to him.
“It’s a good feeling; I mean there are so many great memories here,” said Seguin.
“Obviously my first year being lucky enough to win the Stanley Cup and my second year going to my first All-Star Game and leading the team in points there and then obviously this past year going the Cup Finals again is some tremendous memories here. So it’s a good feeling when I come here, but I know I am not a part of Boston any more, but it’s always going to be a part of me and I am going to visit in the summers all the time and it’s still nice to be here again.”
We all remember the rumors of Seguin partying through the night, showing up late, and of course who can forget Seguin missing the team breakfast one morning in Winnipeg as he overslept. Despite all these rumors, true or not, Seguin doesn’t regret a thing.
“Well, I mean obviously I think there were some decisions that I could have made differently, but at the end people make mistakes, everyone does, I don’t think I regret too much," Seguin said. "I faced up to the music already, I have moved on here and am very excited to be in Dallas.”
Back at his lifelong position as a center, Seguin is doing just fine in Dallas, and he’s going to be just fine in Dallas for years to come.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Seguin is welcomed back by the Bruins fan, not even Seguin himself knows what to expect.
“I have no idea I don’t know what to expect right now," said Seguin. "But I am excited for it, saw some of the guys when I got here yesterday and it’s going to be a cool experience.”
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