Throughout the offseason, Bruins Daily will be posting daily report cards on each individual of the 2011-12, Boston Bruins.
In order of jersey number, each player will be highlighted. In today’s edition, we have number 19, Bruins forward Tyler Seguin.
Name: Tyler Seguin
Weight: 196 lbs.
Contract: Restricted Free Agent after 2012-13 season
2011-12 NHL Season stats:
Regular season: 81 GP, 29-38-67, plus-7, 30 PIM, 242 SOG
Playoffs: 7 GP, 2-1-3, plus-3, 0 PIM, 31 SOG
After a decent rookie year, Tyler Seguin bounced back with a great campaign, one that Bruins management envisioned when they used the second overall pick to select Seguin in the 2010 National Hockey League entry draft. Seguin led the Bruins in goals and points and came one goal shy of the thirty-goal mark. After a slow start to the playoffs, Seguin got better as the series went along. In my eyes, Seguin’s biggest improvement came in the defensive zone. Seguin became a better two-way player this year, his plus-34—good enough for second in the NHL, just two behind Patrice Bergeron—is a perfect indication of that. Seguin will be playing for a contract this coming season, but has a restricted free agent after the 2012-13 season there’s no chance Seguin is playing for anyone else in the foreseeable future.
Anthony’s Grade: A
What a difference a year makes. In 2010-11, it took a mild concussion from Patrice Bergeron before Tyler Seguin was inserted into the postseason lineup during the team’s Cup run. In 2011-12, Seguin led the team in scoring with 67 points and finished second in the league with a rating of plus-34. While it took him awhile to get going against the Caps, Seguin was resilient after his overtime winner in Game 6 and his goal in Game 7 — while not pretty — was in the greasy area. It should only be a matter of time before the former second overall pick comes into his own and it wouldn’t surprise me if he finally hits the 40 goal mark in 2012-13.
Tim’s Grade: A-
Tyler Seguin had a sensational sophomore year for the Boston Bruins tallying 29 goals and 38 assists which lead the Bruins in points with 67. Although Seguin was dominant in spurts, there were times when Seguin could not find the back of the net and it hurt the Bruins. There were rumblings of Seguin living on his own led to distractions due to his partying lifestyle, but Seguin silenced the critics by accumulating a plus 34 while on the ice for the Black and Gold. Seguin had career highs across the board and remember, this stud is only 20 years old. The potential is through the roof for Seguin. He needs to stay more consistent, score more goals on the power play and continue to make his teammates better.
During the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Seguin was held scoreless until Game 6 versus the Capitals where he netted the game winning goal and sent the series back to Boston where then he scored the only goal for home team in game seven. Seguin will continue to improve especially learning from one of the best two-way players in hockey, Patrice Bergeron. Look for Seguin to net closer to 40 goals next year after having his first full season under his belt for the Bs.
Chris’ Grade: B+