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 email@example.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs
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.
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.
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.