Tyler Seguin (born January 31, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a draft pick of the Bruins, selected second overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Seguin signed an entry level contract with the Bruins on August 3, 2010.
Seguin played part of his minor hockey career with the Whitby Wildcats of the OMHA before relocating to Brampton, Ontario. While, in Brampton, he played up a year, playing for the Minor Midget Toronto Young Nationals in his Bantam year, and then again in his Minor Midget year coached by Rick Vaive, before moving on to the OHL.
Seguin was selected 9th overall in the 2008 OHL Priority Selection Draft by the Plymouth Whalers. He considered playing for a National Collegiate Athletic Association school like his father Paul did, but chose to forego his American college eligibility by joining the Whalers in 2008–09. He struggled to begin his OHL career, scoring one goal in his first 17 games before a coaching change in Plymouth helped Seguin find his place in the league. After new coach Mike Vellucci moved Seguin to the top line, the 17-year-old forward broke out offensively, scoring 58 points in his final 41 games and helped Plymouth reach the second round of the OHL playoffs.
Looking for an improved start to his 2009–10 OHL season, Seguin spent his summer working on his game. His dedication paid off, as he opened the season with 36 points in 18 games until sidelined by a hip pointer. His early season success led NHL Central Scouting to name him the top prospect for the 2010 Entry Draft in its November rankings. He then slipped to second, behind Taylor Hall, who was selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers. Seguin was drafted 2nd overall by the Boston Bruins, due to an earlier trade between Boston and Toronto. He captained Team Orr at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game,. The Boston Bruins signed Seguin to an entry-level contract on August 3, 2010.
His coach has praised Seguin not only for his skill, but his desire. His playing style has been compared to that of Steve Yzerman. Seguin won the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy, by finishing the 09–10 season with the highest amount of points in the OHL. He scored 106 points on 48 goals and 58 assists, alongside Taylor Hall (106 points on 40 goals and 66 assists). With a strong finish to the year, Seguin finished as the top ranked North American skater in the draft class of 2010.
Seguin made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins on October 9, 2010 in a 5-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. Seguin notched his first NHL goal with the Bruins on October 10, 2010, midway through the third period, getting the puck on a feed from Michael Ryder and scoring on a breakaway backhand goal against Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, in a 3-0 shutout of the Coyotes. The assists went to Ryder and Tim Thomas.
At the beginning of December 2010, another comparison was made between Seguin’s emerging style of play with the Bruins, and the rookie year of the Tampa Bay Lightning‘s star forward Steven Stamkos, who was the leading goal scorer in the NHL at the time, in how it was developing.
Seguin participated at the 2011 All Star festivities during the Rookie Skills Competition, and late in the 2010-11 Boston Bruins season, Seguin was quoted as having a desire to model his NHL playing style on that of fellow team-mate Patrice Bergeron.
After being a healthy scratch for the first two rounds of the 2011 NHL Playoffs, Seguin was put into the lineup to start round 3, the Eastern Conference Finals. Seguin scored a goal and added an assist in his first game, and followed that up with 2 goals and 2 assists in his second game. He is the first teenager to score 4 points in a NHL playoff game since Trevor Linden in 1989.
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Seguin competed for Canada at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic, where he led the team in scoring with ten points in four games as Canada won the gold medal. He attended Hockey Canada‘s selection camp for the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in December 2009, but did not make the team. Previously, he won gold with Team Ontario in the 2009 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Port Alberni, British Columbia, and finished second in tournament scoring with 11 points in six games. Seguin attended Canada’s World Junior selection camp in Regina for the World Junior Championships (U20), but failed to make the team.
- 2009–10 Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy for highest scorer in the Ontario Hockey League, alongside Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires.
- 2009–10 Red Tilson Trophy the most outstanding player in the Ontario Hockey League.
- 2009–10 CHL Top Draft Prospect Award as the top eligible prospect for the NHL Entry Draft from the Canadian Hockey League.