The 2010 NHL Draft had two players who were the consensus top picks. They were Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall. Both tied for the points-lead in the Ontario Hockey League. The Boston Bruins picked second, which means they didn’t have to make the choice. Hall went first to Edmonton, meaning Seguin fell in the lap of the Boston Bruins. In many ways, Seguin has more upside. He went from 67 points to 106 points in the 2009-2010 season in Ontario. He’s only 18 years old, and the sky seems to be the limit. At 6′ 1″, Seguin has the size most teams cover in a center.
The Boston Bruins were a playoff team last season, but landed the second pick as a result of an earlier trade with Toronto. So, while Hall will be entering a situation in Edmonton where he will be asked to be a savior, Seguin will have less pressure on him because he’ll be playing on an established team. That should help him play better faster.
Despite his young age, Seguin has a great chance to make the roster right away for the Bruins. The center plans to put on some weight (ESPN). That will help him hold his own against bigger NHL opponents. Even if Seguin isn’t on the roster on Day 1, expect him to play a lot of minutes for the Boston Bruins this season. Seguin increased his goal total from 21 to 48 between the last two seasons playing in the OHL. That kind of improvement is what Boston hopes will continue.
He may not have the same pressure that players like Sidney Crosby or Eric Lindros had, but there will be a lot of expectations for Seguin. He’s a high draft choice for an Original Six franchise, and Boston fans won’t be too patient, especially given that the Bruins haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1972, and are coming off a monumental collapse in blowing a 3-0 series lead to the Flyers.
The last hyped prospect for the Bruins, Joe Thornton, made the jump right to the big team in 1997. He struggled that rookie year, managing just 7 goals in 55 games. But, Thornton continued to improve, and is still a top flight player in the NHL, albeit with San Jose. Seguin will no doubt have growing pains, especially until he increases his muscle mass and gets used to the NHL action. But, he will definitely have an impact. If Seguin can continue to improve as he did last season, the Eastern Conference should prepare itself to deal with another star playing on a stronger team.
Seguin Drafted By Boston – ESPN.com
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