Chiarelli: Seguin has got to become more of a pro

Chiarelli: Seguin has got to become more of a pro
June 30, 2013, 9:00 pm
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NEWARK, NJ – Once the Calgary Flames selected Ottawa forward prospect Sean Monahan with the sixth overall pick in the first round, there was no chance Bruins right wing Tyler Seguin was getting dealt by the Bruins during NHL draft weekend at the Prudential Center home of the New Jersey Devils.

But the mere fact the 21-year-old was on the trading block to begin with indicates the Bruins weren’t entirely happy with his game this season. Rather than taking a step forward after his All-Star campaign during the 2011-12 season, Seguin took a step backward with the Black and Gold.  

Seguin was merely average in posting 16 goals and 32 points during the shortened 48-game schedule, and then managed just one goal in 22 playoff games while getting dropped to the third line in favor of Jaromir Jagr.  

Chiarelli was asked what Seguin needs to work on, and the Bruins general manager was pretty blunt in his assessment.

The talented young forward hasn’t deprived himself of having a good time in Boston over the last three years, and there were times last season when it clearly appeared to take away from his play on the ice. Several front office types with the B’s were particularly concerned with the disappointing way he played in the first two road games in Toronto during the opening round of the playoffs. It appeared his full commitment might have been a little lacking in those games after a two good games to start things off in Boston.

“He’s got to commit his mind and focus to the one task at hand,” Chiarelli said. “He’s got to become more of a professional. You know what? I can say that about a lot of 21-year-olds.

“I know he got criticized for playing on the periphery and all that stuff. He did. He’s got to commit to being a professional and focusing on the game. Simple as that. He does that, we don’t expect him to be crashing and banging. Just play your game.”

Chiarelli spoke of needing to get a premium young player or prospect as the centerpiece of any deal involving Seguin, but also hoped that hearing his name in trade rumors might straighten out the young player. Seguin is a goodhearted kid and a talented hockey player, and he needs to eliminate the distractions from a life that should be focused primarily on hockey.

So hope is the trade talks form a wakeup call for a player that should still have a very bright future in Boston.

“I hope it does,” said Chiarelli. “If it doesn’t, I’d be more concerned. We gave Tyler a big contract because he projects and he had good performance. I would expect that going forward.”

There is still ample time for this season to be a blip on the radar screen for both Seguin and the Bruins as he begins a six-year deal that will pay him $5.75 million a season beginning next season.