During the regular season, Tyler Seguin became that player the Boston Bruins thought he could be when the team drafted him second overall in the 2010 National Hockey League entry draft.
He led the Bruins with 29 goals and 67 points, but during the 2012 playoffs, he has been invisible. If the Bruins want to make a deep run in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Seguin must kick it up a notch. Although he leads the team with 10 shots over the first three games, he has zero goals, zero assists and zero points to show for it.
Head Coach Claude Julien does not want to put much pressure on a young kid like Seguin, but he knows Seguin will snap out of it.
“I think you’ve got to, kind of, in a way leave him alone,” Julien said. “When I say leave him alone, we’re helping him through it, but to put too much pressure on a young player like that, I don’t think is the right approach, for me anyway. You’ve got to guide him along and you know he’s going to find his game and he’s not playing badly, but again, there’s a lot of expectations on some of these young players and sometimes it is maybe not always fair.”
Julien noted that players such as Brian Rolston and Chris Kelly are stepping up and producing because they are veterans and it will take time for Seguin to adjust.
“That’s why you’ve got guys like Rolston and Kelly and those kind of guys producing for us, because they’re veterans and they’ve been through these situations before,” Julien said. “A lot more than Tyler and Tyler last year was in and out of the lineup during the playoffs so for us to expect that he’s just going to take over because he led our team in scoring, to me it’s not reality. He’s going to find his way because he’s a smart player, he’s a good player and we’re going to allow him the time to do that without putting un-due pressure on him.”
Look for Seguin to bounce back in game four and get his name in the stat sheet. He is too skilled of a player to go unnoticed. With the Bruins up 2-1 in the series and their most-skilled player not contributing where the team wants him to be is okay because once Seguin figures it out, the Bruins will be putting some crooked numbers on the scoreboard.