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After the Boston Bruins 2-0 victory over their Northeast division rival Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday at the TD Garden, Claude Julien announced to the media that Tyler Seguin, the club’s #2 overall pick (and potential superstar-in-the-making) in this year’s past draft, would be staying with the team for the remainder of the season. In other news, the Earth is indeed round.
Seriously, this was all but a foregone conclusion. The Bruins are tight against the salary cap, and Seguin’s rookie max salary is as cap friendly as you’re going to find for a potentially elite centerman. On top of that, the Bruins have placed quite the marketing emphasis on their young wunderkind, and to send him back to the OHL would be a serious PR faux pas. Still, these are just minor examples compared to the real reason why Seguin will be staying with the Bruins; simply put, he belongs.
With 2-2-4 totals in 7 games, he’s not setting the hockey world ablaze, but for an 18-year-old fresh out of junior hockey, those numbers aren’t too shabby. More importantly though, Seguin is centering the Bruins 3rd line with aplomb, showing he is more than adequate defensively while displaying some otherworldly skills on the offensive end.
One needn’t look any further than Thursday’s game, as the rookie pivot fired home a goal scorer’s goal in the 2nd period and almost had another on a breakaway in the 3rd, only to be felled by a debatable non-tripping call (which undoubtedly would have led to a penalty shot). He has a skillset few in the league can match, and hasn’t looked out of place as one of the youngest players in the NHL.
The Bruins are off to a hot start, and with young Tyler Seguin in the fold for the foreseeable future, things can only get better from here on out.