Morning Skate 518: Look back at Seguin's night

Morning Skate 518: Look back at Seguin's night

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON A few thoughts and stats that didnt make the cut in the Tyler Seguin: A Star is Born piece I wrote at about 4 a.m. last night. Really impressive way the 19-year-old handled all of the media attention and hullabaloo after an epic game on Tuesday night, and thats a credit in many ways to the method that the Bruins used to handle him this season. There was a deliberate method to Boston's madness in never overloading Seguin on a team stocked with quality veteran players, and that means it's all coming together for No. 19 at the exact right time.
"We had talked about that before the season when we chose to keep him even though we could still see he had some things to learn. But we were willing to work with him and help him learn along the way. I guess people that had seen him play before thought he was that good, andthat he would probably benefit better with our team than going back to junior," said Julien. "But at the same time, he would have to take some bites here and there. To start the season, he had some ups and downs, but through all of that you could see him progressing."At the beginning of the playoffs he didnt get a chance to play. But theres no doubt sometimes you watch, and you see whats going on. When he was told he was going to be in the lineup, he was a really excited and determined individual. I thought he worked hard that week in practice. You could see he was really preparing himself for that, and the two games hes played, hes been nothing but a real good player for us."It was certainly frustrating for the player and unsatisfyingfor a team that could see the potential within Seguin once he got going, but everything came together at the exact right time for both team and player. "I just want to stay focused, stay composed, stay poised, stay confident and all those other big words, said Seguin. I want to try to carry it into tomorrow and play as consistent as I can.Seguin is the anti-Phil Kessel in so many ways and people will realize that as he grows and develops into a bigger and more prominent role with the Black and Gold.You could hear everybody get pretty excited in the building the first time they put him on the power play, said Mark Recchi. Its great to see. Hes worked hard and its been a real learning year for him. Hes learned how to compete and learned how to be a pro. Hes competing really hard right now.Hes coming along now and hes getting rewarded for being competitive out there and that is great to see.But one last salute of the stick: not only did Seguin put up a preposterous six points in his first two playoff games, but he also became the first teenager in NHL Stanley Cup history to ring up four points in one period of play. He was the first teen-ager to register a four point game since Vancouver Canucks legend Trevor Linden did it way back in 1989.Thats some pretty heady stuff. Elliotte Friedman from CBC captures whats happening on the AtlantaWinnipeg roller coaster with some pretty good indications that the Thrashers will be no more. Some interesting thoughts from Nashville GM David Poile via Joshua Cooper about potentially shifting divisions and conferences to accommodate a relocation to Manitoba. My resource for all things NHL draft and draft prospects, Kirk Luedeke, about this years upcoming draft in Minnesota at the end of June. Bruce Arthur with a good look Tomas Kaberle struggling in Boston, though theres a caveat: it was written prior to a solid effort in Game 2. Yes, its true according to the Toronto Globe and Mail. The new team in Winnipeg would not be called the Jets. They would likely be the Manitoba Moose if and when they ditch the city of Atlanta. The Flyers sign a goalie from Finland, according to CSNPhilly.com. Theyve tried just about everything else, so they might as well give that a shot. A nice piece on Tim Thomas and the never say die attitude that permeates everything in his life, livelihood and love of hockey. Matt Lashoff joins Bronson Arroyo in the small, but hip obscure pro athletes that have taken recording cover songs to a new level as his first CD dropped earlier this week. Good thing he can play guitar because hes not much of a defenseman. Elliotte Friedman sees that Joe Thornton is finally growing his playoff fangs, and many other playoff thoughts -- 29 to be exact -- in the must read weekly blog entry. The Top 10 things said in Toronto on Wednesday in response to Tyler Seguins breakout performance against the Lightning in Game 2, per the View From My Seats.Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Morning Skate: Sabres' Okposo back on the ice

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Morning Skate: Sabres' Okposo back on the ice

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while officially in the Dead Zone of the NHL offseason.

*A great sight to see is Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo taking the ice in a summer league in Minnesota after a health scare at the end of last season.

*Nolan Patrick might be fresh off abdominal surgery, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be rushed if he plays for the Flyers.

*Here’s an offseason power ranking of the offseason moves for the NHL teams, and the Bruins rank 28th out of 31 teams with the organization being “stuck” in the estimation of this writer. I don’t disagree that they’re kind of paralyzed right now until David Pastrnak signs an extension, with other things being held up because of that. The Paul Postma and Kenny Agostino signings were about as small time as you can get on July 1. But the Bruins’ goal for this summer wasn’t to win in the offseason moves department, but instead continue to let their interesting mix of young players and established veterans grow into an effective mix. Winning the offseason power rankings really isn’t the thing for the Black and Gold, and that’s perfectly okay given their situation.

*There’s a wide gap between the Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar with salary arbitration looming.

*It’s a good thing that Barstool Sports is here to ask the really tough questions, like whether Jaromir Jagr is being treated unfairly by NHL teams because of his hair.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Johnny Gaudreau really high on the window for the Calgary Flames to compete over the next three years with the young, talented group they have in place.  

*Nico Hischier is looking to be a playmaking force for the New Jersey Devils right off the bat after being the No. 1 overall pick in Jersey.

*A slew of soon-to-be college sophomores starred in development camps across the NHL and showed what they learned at the NCAA level.

*Classy tweet from the Arizona Coyotes wishing war hero and distinguished statesman John McCain well in his battle with brain cancer.

*Players that are on AHL contracts will be allowed to participate in the Winter Olympics this season. While the loss of NHL participation would be a difficult blow to the Olympics and fans, part of me is happy that some of these AHL guys will get to experience playing for their country when they might not have been able to otherwise.  

*For something completely different: Paul Pierce sees some very good things with first-round pick Jayson Tatum, but he’ll need to see “killer instinct” from the Celtics rookie for him to live up to the Pierce comparisons.

 

AHL allowing players on minor-league deals to go to Olympics

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AHL allowing players on minor-league deals to go to Olympics

Players on American Hockey League contracts will be eligible to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

President and CEO David Andrews confirmed through a league spokesman Wednesday that teams were informed they could loan players on AHL contracts to national teams for the purposes of participating in the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The AHL sent a memo to its 30 clubs saying players could only be loaned for Olympic participation from Feb. 5-26.

The Olympic men's hockey tournament runs from Feb. 9-25. Like the NHL, which is not having its players participate for the first time since 1994, the AHL does not have an Olympic break in its schedule.

The AHL's decision does not affect players assigned to that league on NHL one- or two-way contracts. No final decision has been made about those players.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly denied a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation report that the league had told its 31 teams that AHL players could be loaned to play in the Olympics. It was an AHL memo sent at the direction of that league's board of governors.

When the NHL announced in April that it wouldn't be sending players to South Korea after participating in five consecutive Olympics, Andrews said the AHL was prepared for Canada, the United States and other national federations to request players.

"I would guess we're going to lose a fair number of players," Andrews said in April. "Not just to Canada and the U.S., but we're going to lose some players to other teams, as well. But we're used to that. Every team in our league has usually got two or three guys who are on recalls to the NHL, so it's not going to really change our competitive integrity or anything else."

The U.S. and Canada are expected to rely heavily on players in European professional leagues and college and major junior hockey to fill out Olympic rosters without NHL players.