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Seguin: Boston ‘great place, great city’

06.24.10 at 6:29 pm ET
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LOS ANGELES —  About 24 hours before he is likely to be selected by the Bruins with the second overall pick in Friday’s NHL draft, Tyler Seguin was sitting on a terrace balcony absorbing the buzz of downtown LA. But the skilled forward had little trouble quickly shifting his vision to thoughts of  playing in Boston.

“It’s a great place, great city,” Seguin said Thursday afternoon. “When I went there I thought the city looked like Europe. It was so different and so beautiful. The rink was great — a nice facility and a great fan base as well.”

While the prevailing consensus among the hockey world is that the Edmonton Oilers will select Taylor Hall with the first pick in the draft and the Bruins will then take Seguin, the Brampton, Ontario, native is still not sure how everything will unfold.

“I have no idea, I think its win-win if it’s Edmonton or Boston,” Seguin said. “I’m not expecting anything. There could be a trade, there could be anything. It’s going to be a fun day tomorrow.”

After completing a strong junior hockey season with the Plymouth Whalers, in which he scored 48 goals and generated 58 assists, Seguin emerged as the top ranked prospect by NHL central scouting. He also impressed scouts and league GMs with a strong showing at the NHL combine last month.

Seguin’s work ethic is also prevalent during the draft week. He has managed to continue his training regime despite some heavy time demands.

“I went to the hotel gym yesterday and I’m going to go today if I have some time,” Seguin said. “It’s a little hard right now, it’s been a little crazy but after tomorrow, everything will slow down a little bit and I’ll be able to get back to my program.”

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