Bruins forward Shawn Thornton  joined Dale & Holley on Thursday afternoon. As he prepares to play in the team’s preseason game with the Panthers Thursday night, he took time to shed light on Tyler Seguin , who contributed an assist in the B’s 4-2 victory over the Canadiens Wednesday. Seguin, chosen second overall in the NHL  draft in June, has received plenty of attention since coming to Boston, but Thornton said his case is much different than that of top overall pick Taylor Hall .
“It’s not as bad as it probably is in Edmonton [with Hall],” Thornton said of any pressure being placed on the rookie. “The good news is that we’ve had a good team ever since I’ve been here. The team’s been competitive, made it to the second round the last couple of years. He’s not expected to come in and turn this franchise around, whereas some other kids might be when they’re picked in that third, second, or third slot. We have a great bunch of guys. We already have superstars on our team and we don’t need him to step right in and dominate, but if he does, great. We’re going to take it, but I don’t think there’s as much pressure as [one] would think.”
“I’m going into my 14th year and I staple myself to Mark Recchi and follow him wherever he goes,” Thornton said. “He’s going to the Hall of Fame soon enough. There’s a bunch of good vets here, but obviously he’s been around the longest and the type of player that he’s been throughout his whole career is probably a good fit for Tyler to latch on to.”
Next week, the team is set to depart for Belfast on Wednesday, where they will play an exhibition game with the Belfast Giants  before heading to Prague for another exhibition and two games with the Coyotes to open the regular season. Thornton said the trip should help team chemistry.
“I’m a big believer in team building and team bonding. I think it helps, especially in our sport,” Thornton said. “I don’t know if any of the other sports are really as team-oriented as hockey. We have a tight bunch of guys to begin with, and given that, it’s going to probably bring us together even more.
“I like the fact that we’re going over there. I’m excited to get to both places, and all the guys — everybody I talk to — are really excited to get over there.”