For the first time in his young career, Tyler Seguin will take the ice Tuesday night at Boston’s TD Garden as a visitor.
Just three years after making him the second-overall pick in the 2010 draft, the Bruins traded the enormously-talented-but-equally-frustrating Seguin, along with Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars on July 4.
For all of his talent, Seguin showed an unwillingness to play the physical game the Bruins' system requires and team executives and coaches routinely complained that off the ice he had not demonstrated nearly enough progress on the maturity front. Just days before trading Seguin, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said plainly, “He’s got to become more of a professional...He’s got to commit to being a professional and focusing on the game. Simple as that."
In the NESN documentary series about the Bruins, Behind the B, Assistant general manager Jim Benning summed up the team’s decision to part ways with their 21-year-old prodigy:
"In the regular season we'll miss his speed. But if we get guys that we think we can win with, then it is what it is. We're winning here. We're not babysitting." Ouch.
In return for Seguin, Peverley and Button, the Bruins received 28-year-old winger Loui Eriksson, along with Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith, and Matt Fraser.
Through 14 games Seguin is Dallas’s leading scorer (6-9—15) and leads the team’s forwards in ice time averaging 18:45 per game. But after three years of playing right wing for Boston, Seguin is now being asked to move back to center, and though he came into the league labeled a center, he’s struggled to readjust to the position at this level.
“It’s been tough,” Seguin told the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa. “It’s been great. I’d have a few good games, then have an off night. I need to find some consistency in my game. It’s definitely been an adjustment. It’s been a lot of fun.”
As for his return to Boston, Seguin told reporters “it’s a little weird . . . just pulling into the city. It’s a little awkward, I guess you could say. But after a few minutes on the ice it felt pretty good.”
"There are some tremendous memories when I come here, and it's a good feeling," Seguin said. "I'm not a part of Boston anymore but it's still a part of me. I'll still vist all the time in the summertime. There were some decisions that I could have made differently. In the end peope make mistakes ... everybody does."
But, Seguin said, his focus is on the future.
"I feel like the player and person I am today isn't who I was in Boston. I feel like I've improved. I have no limit on where I'm going to go. It's a whole different situation and opportunity after getting traded."