Seguin ready to earn respect and ice time


Seguin ready to earn respect and ice time

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

Tyler Seguin holds a simple individual goal in mind heading into his second NHL season as a 19-year-old puck prodigy with a Stanley Cup already under his belt.

After spending the summer working out with the trainers at BioSteel Sports and raising his body weight all the way up to 196 pounds heading into training camp, Seguin has diligently worked on increasing his size and physical strength.

For a guy listed as 186 pounds during his rookie campaign -- that probably dropped to around 180 pounds during the postseason -- Seguin has done plenty of work in the weight room. That should help him win battles in the corner for pucks, and make Seguin a tougher customer on the puck when the Bs desperately need it.

Ive talked to him and seen him, and I think hes gotten taller actually, said general manager Peter Chiarelli. Ill be curious to see when hes measured on Friday. I know hes gotten bigger. He told me he was 196. Usually thats a high water mark and hell come down to 194 pounds or whatever, but he does look bigger.

I see a more mature kid. Its just maturation and growing up. Hes maturing, hes getting stronger and he knows what to expect. With all of that comes more confidence and I anticipate some improvement.

BioSteel Sports even had workout guruNHL legend Gary Roberts consult with Seguin and the rest of the players for several weeks over the summer. Roberts was the nutritionfitness expert credited with carving Steve Stamkos into such a physical specimen prior to his second NHL season.

Nobody is holding Seguin to that high Stamkos standard coming off an uneven rookie season with a veteran Bruins crew, but improvement over last years 11 goals and 22 points shouldnt be too difficult.

Seguin is returning to the same veteran Bs team that held few openings within the top six forwards for a skilled player like himself, but the Bruins coaching staff has always shown theyll make room for a youngster that pushes his way into the fold. That will be the challenge for No. 19 this season as a 19-year-old that seems to have it all at such a ridiculously young age.

So Seguin celebrated the Cup win for a couple of weeks after things were over in Vancouver, and has since worked feverishly in Toronto getting himself ready for a bigger and better sophomore effort.

I had probably the summer of my life starting off with winning and going back home to see family and friends, said Seguin. Bringing the Cup back to them is what its all about. Then I got back to work, put on a few pounds and got ready to get back for this year.

Im expecting a better season from myself this year. Its obviously nice to not go into the season blind. I know what to expect mentally and physically now, and I obviously want to earn more respect from the staff and players. Getting more ice time obviously goes right along with that, and that will help me with my production on the ice.

The most important goal for Seguin headed into this season is earning the respect of each member of the roster and staff, and by virtue earning a bigger slice of the ice time handed out by coach Claude Julien. Seguin managed only 12:13 of ice time per game in his 71 contests while bouncing between positions, lines and linemates, and thats not enough ice for a player looking to break games open with his explosive skills.

Both Julien and Chiarelli expected a more mature, experienced player ready to hit the ground running this time around. In the end it will be about producing more offense on a consistent basis and minimizing the cold streaks that were all too prevalent in Seguins first season. If that happens Seguin will get his ice time and should see the kind of year everyone unfairly envisioned for him as an 18-year-old babe in the NHL woods last year.

We need to see him be a better player. Hes got a year under his belt, so its consistency, said Julien. He showed flashes of what he can do. We just need to see on a more consistent level. Hes going to have more confidence and he has the experience, so thats going to come.

I think he understands that and he certainly seems to think that hes ready for it.

If Seguin can become the permanent winger alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand then all the better, but theyll take an uptick in offensive performance and some production on the power play either way. With a core of older, battle-hardened players on the Bs roster, it will be the energy and fresh body of a player like Seguin that could help push Boston as far as they go next spring.

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Khudobin out three weeks as Bruins turn to Malcolm Subban


Khudobin out three weeks as Bruins turn to Malcolm Subban

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- It could get a little dicey for the Bruins over the next couple of days.

Both Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin were missing from Tuesday’s morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena, and instead rookie Malcolm Subban will get the start for the Black and Gold against the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden.

Rask hasn’t been on the ice since last Thursday’s win over the New Jersey Devils when he re-aggravated a lower body injury and Khudobin will be out three weeks with an upper-body injury suffered at Monday’s practice. It appeared the B’s backup suffered a right hand/wrist injury in the early moments of the practice, and Subban was left as the lone goaltender until Boston brought up Zane McIntyre on emergency recall Tuesday morning.

Julien said the Bruins have confidence in Subban’s ability to play a great game for them, but he’s struggled so far in Providence while getting yanked from two of his four AHL starts this season.

“I just want [Subban] to go in tonight and play a really solid game because we know that he can. He’s a good goaltender, so just because he had a bit of a rough outing [in the AHL] doesn’t mean he has to have one tonight. This is an opportunity for him to play well, and to demonstrate that he’s ready to play in the NHL,” said Julien. “We have bad games and we tell our players ‘Let’s not live in the past, let’s think about what we have to do to rectify it and play better in the next game.’ So I think our goaltender is in the same situation.

“Our game plan is about playing good defense with Tuukka or without Tuukka. That doesn’t change. We understand that some of the teams that we’ve played lately (Montreal and New Jersey) are very stingy, so we have to give up the least amount of goals we can because we’re not going to score a ton against those teams. When you put a system together you believe in it, and you go out and play your game. You don’t adjust your game for other teams, and adjusting for injuries isn’t quite what we’re looking for. We’re looking for a solid performance from our team, and that will trump any injury that we have.”

Oh by the way, the Bruins also have a road game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday in a back-to-back situation that’s less than ideal with injuries piling up. In addition a Subban/McIntyre tandem in goal, the Bruins will also be without David Backes with what Claude Julien termed “a minor issue” that also has him day-to-day.

In the good news department, Adam McQuaid will make his season debut after missing the first five games of the season with an upper body injury. Rob O’Gara was sent to the Providence Bruins to make room for him coming off injured reserve. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings for tonight’s game vs. the Wild with Joe Morrow as the healthy scratch on the back end:







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Tuesday, Oct. 25: Carlo for Calder?


Tuesday, Oct. 25: Carlo for Calder?

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while having watched the Curious George Halloween special about eight times over the last three or four days thanks to my three-year-old son.

*Bob McKenzie with a great story in former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore talking a shift as an Uber driver as his hockey work has dried up.

*Alex Radulov is earning some early respect for his play from his Habs teammates and the fickle Canadiens fans, but let’s see how the whole season plays out for the notoriously combustible Russian winger.

*Zach Werenski has taken an early lead among his NHL rookie peers for the Calder Trophy, but it looks like it’s going to be a crowded field this year. Just a couple of weeks in, Brandon Carlo certainly looks like he could be in the conversation as well.

*Pioneering female goaltender Shannon Szabados has been cut from the Peoria team in the Southern Pro League.

*The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of advice for the Chicago Cubs about playing in the big games as the Cubbies get ready for their World Series close-up.

*A more mature David Perron is having greater success the second time around with the St. Louis Blues while contributing in many different areas.

*For something completely different: a really fun story of a Hollywood Reporter contributor recording the reactions of her 7-year-old son watching Empire Strikes Back for the first time. I was around the same age when Empire came out, so I’m sure my reactions were pretty similar to his at different points in the movie.