by Patrick Hoffman on 05/18/11 at 02:02 PM ET
It is very rare that a 19-year old NHLer has a tremendous impact in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most important time of the hockey season.
However, one such youngster that has bucked the trend is Boston Bruins’ forward and rookie Tyler Seguin. Seguin, who was a healthy scratch during the first two rounds of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, was inserted into the lineup by Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien in Game 1 and things haven’t been the same since.
Seguin has come out and has been confident, shown his speed, a knack for having the puck on his stick and an ability to produce points. Everyone in the hockey world has known that Seguin can be like this but many pundits figured it would take some time for it to come to fruition.
It certainly showed in last night’s 6-5 Bruins’ victory in Game 2 when Seguin had 2 goals and 2 assists, all in the second period. On the first goal, Seguin showed tremendous speed in getting through the neutral zone and around two defenseman to then beat Lightning netminder Dwayne Roloson with a backhand.
On his second goal, Seguin showed his patience and his accurate wrist shot as he beat Roloson high glove side off a nice feed from Bruins’ forward Nathan Horton. It was a well placed shot and one he took off the rush, something that he is showing the Bruins’ brass that he can be an asset on.
Seguin now has 6 points (3 goals and 3 assists) in two games and there is no doubt that Seguin should feel like he belongs in the NHL playing at a time that matters most for every hockey player, the playoffs.
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