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Tyler Seguin recently celebrated his birthday turning 20 years old. In Sunday’s win over Washington Seguin celebrated his 20th goal making him the first Bruin to hit that mark this season. What a difference a year can make: in 74 games last season Seguin had 22 points. This season Seguin has 44 points in 50 games.
If Seguin played on a top line last year and was on the ice more than 12 minutes a game his rookie numbers would have been much better than what they are. His stats this season don’t come as a surprise to anyone, we knew he was fast and has all the tools he needs to be an elite NHL player some day. The surprise has been his growth on the defensive side.
Playing with one of the best complete NHL players in Patrice Bergeron has helped and motivated Seguin to be better in the defensive zone and in the neutral zone. All season we have seen Seguin tenaciously attacking opposing teams on the forecheck and that has led to immediate offense. Some of Seguin’s best defensive work comes on the back check, using his speed he can catch close to anyone from behind and take the puck of their stick before they know it.
We still haven’t seen Seguin really play a physical game with a handful of hits or even drop the gloves yet. If he is going to wear the spoked B that time will come, but he is still a kid. He is plenty strong enough to throw a hit here and there but often pulls up and plays the puck.
The Bruins have a 20-year-old budding star in this league who is only going to get better, sit back and watch this kid evolve.