Tyler Seguin’s numbers going back to the fall of 2011 aren’t bad. In fact they’re pretty good. An aggregate 45-54—99 scoring line in 129 games over the last two regular seasons is a respectable tally, especially in today’s NHL. The Bruins didn't give him a 6-year, $34.5-million contract for no reason.
The problem – Seguin was the second-overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. A player who drew comparisons to the likes of Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos as an 18-year old. Whether those comparisons are fair or not is a debate for another day. The fact of the matter is that Seguin has yet to live up to his trade stock.
Seguin’s struggles reached its tipping point in the 2013 postseason, where he scored just one goal in 22 games. In fact, Peter Chiarelli grew so frustrated with Seguin’s performance on the ice and his behavior off it that he attempted to trade the 21-year old forward with a high upside following the Bruins Stanley Cup finals loss to Chicago, but to no avail.
As a result of the trade talk, the chatter around Seguin hasn’t been his great speed or his plus-shot, but his love of the game, and desire to be great.
“He’s got everything,” said Gary Tanguay on UNO Sports Tonight, who feels hockey isn’t important to Seguin. “There’s nothing left for him to play for.”
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