Seguin plays through knuckle tendon injury, will require surgery

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Seguin plays through knuckle tendon injury, will require surgery

Tyler Seguins explosion at the end of the playoff series against the Washington Capitals seems all the more remarkable when it was learned hell likely need offseason surgery.

Seguin showed an enlarged knuckle on his left hand middle finger that indicated a displaced tendon injury suffered during Bostons last trip through Florida in March, and something he played through pain with during the postseason.

Asked he had taken a couple of painkilling shots to get through the postseason, Seguin smiled and said I think everybody was doing a little something by the time the playoffs rolled around.

Its hard to feel good about what happened, but getting a feel for the playoffs was something I was happy about."

Seguin finished with two goals in the final two playoff games against the Capitals after getting shut down for the first five games of the series, and said it definitely bothered him at points after it originally happened. The 20-year-old also said the injury would require surgery before he jumps back into his offseason training program with BioSteel Sports up in Toronto. He may try to participate in World Championships before getting his hand worked on, but its definitely an inevitability for the youngster.

I have to talk to the doctors, but Ill definitely need something. In the first period during my second shift the tendon came out. It was one of those things that I had to playing through at the end of the season and the playoffs, said Seguin. It wasnt going to get any worse, so as long as I could bear the pain. Its a couple of weeks of recovery after I get it done.

It wasnt anything that was going to keep me from playing. At the time I was going to miss a few games. I was a game time decision against Philly during that game in our building when we ended up winning in the shootout. But I didnt end up missing any time.

Clearly the youngster was happy with the way things ended for him after getting an overtime game-winner in Game 6 and serving as one of the teams best forwards in the decisive Game 7. But he was also among a group of top six forwards that didnt get it done consistently enough to defeat a gritty Capitals crew that never back down.
Seguin also wants much more involvement on the power play moving forward, and that can mean nothing but good things for the Bruins.

The power play has always kind of been my thing, said Seguin. During my whole life Ive always liked the power play and its always been a part of my game. While Im still gaining experience I think Ill be finding even more spots on the power play. Its something I can only improve on.

The Bs leading scorer said he hopes to take on more of the Marc Savard role on the man advantage off the half-wall where he can use his versatile skill to serve as a triple threat when he curls and drags: he can shoot with deadly accuracy, find open teammates with passes all over the ice or taking the puck straight to the net.
Thats what Im hoping for. Its still a lot different than juniors where I always thought was kind of my go to in juniors. At the NHL level theres that learning factor and finding spots on the ice.

Coming a season where he was Bostons leading scorer and an All-Star performer, power play magician for a unit that went 2-for-23 against the Capitals might be the next rabbit to be pulled out of the youngsters hat.

Eriksson named Lady Byng finalist for 2nd time

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Eriksson named Lady Byng finalist for 2nd time

Patrice Bergeron will have some Bruins company at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas at the end of the month of June.

Loui Eriksson was named a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy on Saturday afternoon along with Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar and Florida Panthers pivot Aleksander Barkov. It’s the second time in his career that Eriksson will be named a finalist for the award given annually "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability."

The Swedish winger finished his best season in a Bruins uniform with 30 goals (third on team) and 33 assists for the second most points (63) on the team along with 12 total penalty minutes through 82 games played. Eriksson was excited to once again be a finalist for the award, and to be lumped in with a couple of the NHL’s best players in Kopitar and Barkov.

“It is a great honor to be considered for the Lady Byng Trophy, an award that has been won by some of the best players of all time,” said Eriksson, who will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 after three seasons in Boston. “There are many deserving candidates so to be named one of the finalists with Anze Kopitar and Aleksander Barkov is very exciting for me. Thank you to my teammates and the coaching staff and I appreciate all those who voted.”

The last Bruin to win the Lady Byng Trophy was Rick Middleton back in 1981-82, and Eriksson is the first B’s finalist for Lady Byng in more than 10 years.

Bruins will select 14th overall in first round

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Bruins will select 14th overall in first round

The Boston Bruins basically had a three percent of moving up into the top three of the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday night, but they didn’t strike it draft rich when it was all said and done up in Toronto.

With Bruins general manager Don Sweeney in attendance representing the Original Six franchise, the Black and Gold were the first team logo selected in the draft lottery meaning they will own the 14th overall pick in the first round for the second straight summer.

Instead the Toronto Maple Leafs will select first overall after putting together the worst record in the NHL last season, and the Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blue Jackets won the lottery to move up into the second and third slots in the draft.

This marks the sixth time in franchise history that the club has owned the 14th overall selection in the NHL Draft. The Bruins drafted Jake DeBrusk 14th overall last summer in Florida at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Stephane Quintal 14th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, Normand Leveille 14th overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, Douglas Halward 14th overall in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft and Terry O’Reilly 14th overall in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft.

Based on finishing with the highest point total of all non-playoff teams for the second straight season, the Bruins owned a 1.0% chance of winning the 2016 Draft Lottery overall and a 3.4% chance of securing a top-three pick.

The 2016 NHL Draft will take place on June 24-25 at the First Niagara Center home of the Sabres in Buffalo just a couple of months from now, and the Bruins also own the first round pick of the San Jose Sharks that will end up somewhere in the 20’s based on the fact they’re still currently alive in the playoffs.

Saturday, April 30: Preparing for the lottery

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Saturday, April 30: Preparing for the lottery

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating Greek Easter this weekend by way of my in-laws. Christos Anesti.  

*Pro Hockey Talk writer James O’Brien has everything you need to know about tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery.

*Brent Burns is recognized as a Norris Trophy finalist after his best season as a member of the San Jose Sharks. For the record, the top three of Drew Doughty, Burns and Erik Karlsson were also the top three votes on my awards ballot, and exactly in that order.

*Puck Daddy eulogizes the Anaheim Ducks, who lost in the first round and promptly got their head coach fired.

*Speaking of the Ducks and a great man and good coach in Bruce Boudreau, who is now out of work, Anaheim GM Bob Murray is now getting ready to round up the candidates for a new coach.

*Spector has a number of hockey rumors, including what’s expected for offseason changes for the Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks now that they’re on the golf course.

*If the Edmonton Oilers win the draft lottery again, two things will happen: a lot of people will be angry, and Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli will have a lot of options at his disposal.

*Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk bring the Stanley Cup pedigree to an Islanders team that’s voyaging deep into the playoffs.

*For something completely different: Kevin Faulk gets mad props for wearing the Tom Brady jersey to the NFL podium to help announce New England’s draft picks.