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Tyler Seguin told he won’t return to Plymouth Whalers, will stay with Bruins 10.28.10 at 10:26 pm ET
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Tyler Seguin has worn a Plymouth Whalers jersey for the last time (Plymouth Whalers photo)

Tyler Seguin has worn a Plymouth Whalers jersey for the last time (Plymouth Whalers photo)

Claude Julien announced on Thursday night that Tyler Seguin will be staying with the Bruins and not returning to the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers.

“He’s here to stay,” Julien said of the second overall pick of the draft and former OHL MVP, relaying a message from Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli.

Seguin scored his second goal of the season in the second period of Thursday’s 2-0 victory over the Maple Leafs, beating Toronto netminder Jonas Gustavsson with a wrister from the circle. It was his first goal at TD Garden, and he now has four points on the season.

The Bruins gave Seguin the news after he spoke with reporters on Thursday, but his comments on the subject before finding out his fate were the same as they have been all along — that he wasn’t taking anything for granted.

“I think I came out here and I think I worked my hardest, and in the end, that is all I can really ask of myself,” Seguin said. “I think I’ve been improving with that kind of situation.”

Last season with the Whalers, his second OHL season, Seguin scored 48 goals and added 58 assists for 106 points. He was chosen with a pick acquired from the Leafs in the Phil Kessel deal, which also netted the B’s Toronto’s second-round pick in 2010 and a first-rounder in 2011.

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B’s officially ink Seguin to three-year deal 08.03.10 at 5:42 pm ET
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Tyler Seguin impressed the Bruins enough at development camp that they worked quickly to sign the young forward. (WEEI.com/John Vu)

Tyler Seguin impressed the Bruins enough at development camp that they worked quickly to sign the young forward. (John Vu/WEEI.com)

The Bruins officially announced the signing of rookie forward Tyler Seguin, the second overall pick in this year’s NHL draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract Tuesday. The terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed in accordance with team policy, but it is believed that the deal is similar to the one first-overall pick Taylor Hall received from Edmonton, which calls for a base salary of around $900,000 with performance escalators that could make the deal worth as much as $3.75 million yearly.

“He’s obviously a high pick, and he performed well in our development camp,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a conference call. “We thought it was time to sign him to give him piece of mind and make him feel part of the organization.”

The Bruins hope that Seguin’s debut season can help erase the memory of last year’s dismal finish and create some excitement again on Causeway Street. The 18-year-old’s line of 48 goals and 58 assists in the Ontario Hockey League along with his YouTube-worthy highlights already have many B’s fans buzzing about his arrival. His performance in his first time in black and gold at Bruins prospect development camp in July only added to the excitement.

“If I’m a fan and I see a young player like this that is an exciting, young player and people saw him at development camp, I’d be excited about seeing him play,” Chiarelli said.

Seguin did most of his damage in the OHL as a center, but Chiarelli did not commit to saying that he will hold a similar position should he make the squad out of training camp. With veterans Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Marc Savard and the newly acquired Greg Campbell already on the roster, there doesn’t appear to be any room for the young forward at that position this season. He will most likely make his debut at one of the eight winger spots, but Chiarelli was willing to keep the options open.

“You never know. I’ve had discussions with Claude [Julien] about mixing and matching and shifting some positions around so I can’t tell you with complete certainty where he’ll play,” Chiarelli said.

With Seguin’s signing now official, that gives the B’s a total of 14 forwards on the roster including Marco Sturm, who will open the season on the long-term disabled list after suffering a major knee injury in the playoffs. That’s two more than they’ll need come opening day, but their options are still open according to Chiarelli.

“It’s a roster that I’m very happy with now,” Chiarelli said. “There are some spots for young players to earn spots. You’re never done with your roster. I can’t say we’re definitively done with it. There are always things that crop up. We just saw a Stanley Cup-winning goalie become available on the free market so things happen. Things crop up so it’s never done until the opening-day roster’s filed.”

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Hall Signs 07.05.10 at 3:48 pm ET
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The top overall pick in the NHL draft, Taylor Hall, has officially signed with the Edmonton Oilers, and the contract comes with very few surprises as Bruins fans anticipate what their team may be paying Tyler Seguin.

Hall’s three year deal finds ways around the $900,000 maximum salary for an entry level deal, as has become a trend in recent years. CapGeek.com (which every hockey fan should check about 12 times a day in the offseason) has the deal including $2.85 million in performance bonuses, which swells that dinky $900,000 into a cap hit of $3.75 million. The cap hit puts Hall’s deal right on par with the pact John Tavares signed a year ago with the Islanders.

There might not be much of a dropoff in what the second pick commands in comparison to the top choice, as Hall and Seguin co-headlined the draft class with 106 points apiece in the OHL and Seguin being the top-ranked player according to NHL Central Scouting.

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Seguin on Dale & Holley: ‘No idea’ where I would be drafted 06.29.10 at 6:06 pm ET
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Tyler Seguin, the recent No. 2 overall draft pick by the Boston Bruins, joined Dale & Holley on Tuesday afternoon to talk about his relationship with Taylor Hall, how he’s improved his game, and what position he prefers to play.

“My improvement level has always been really good,” Seguin said. “I just think it’s the little things, the sacrifices off the ice, the commitment that you need to go to the next level. I’ve had my family and supporting cast to teach me along the way and I think I’ve just been maturing as a player and a person off the ice and I really just want to stay as consistent here as I can throughout.”

Seguin also spoke about his idol growing up and comparisons in his game to Steve Yzerman.

Below is the transcript of the interview. Visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page to hear the interview.

Did you know on draft night that you were going to be the No. 2 pick?

No, I had absolutely no idea. It was definitely a very exciting day for my family and I, and we kind of took it all in. It was phenomenal being there in Los Angeles and the hospitality they gave us. I had no idea where I was going but I was very excited when it was announced.

What’s your relationship like with Taylor Hall?

Well I met him a couple times just through the events at the draft here. Whether it was the top prospect game or the world junior camp, stuff like that. At the end of the year, we kind of got together to go to Philadelphia for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs and I guess we bonded a bit more. At the draft we had a lot of events together as well. In the end, we were rivals and I guess we had more of a healthy competition on the ice. That’s as far as it’s gone, and now that it’s all said and done, I doubt we’re going to keep contact. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chiarelli: Oilers wanted Bruins pick 06.25.10 at 11:40 pm ET
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LOS ANGELES — With the first round of the NHL draft completed Friday Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli indicated that the Edmonton Oilers were interested in obtaining the Bruins second pick in the draft, but not in working a potential swap that would have provided the B’s the Oilers top pick.

According to Chiarelli, Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini hoped to obtain the Bruins pick as a stand alone proposition.

“Talks were more centered around (the Oilers) trying to get the number two pick from us,” said Chiarelli. “He told me early on he was going to try and get it and he didn’t give up.”

The Oilers used the first pick to select Taylor Hall. The Bruins in turn used the second pick to draft Tyler Seguin.

For his part, Chiarelli is happy with the Bruins being able to draft Seguin.

“He’s a terrific player, he’s got a terrific skill set,” said Chiarelli. “He’s still growing. His improvement was tremendous over one year to the next. Very smart, terrific hockey sense.”

Chiarelli has also wasted little time suggesting Seguin will play in the NHL next season.

“I expect he will make the team,” he said. “But you never know. You remember some of the parallels in the past sort of his age and body type, a guy like (Steve) Stampkos took a while to get used to it, took him a while to get his confidence and strength. I would anticipate that line of improvement as he comes into the league.”

Rounds 2-7 of the draft continue Saturday.

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Kessel deal coming full-circle as Leafs miss out on local star at 9:53 pm ET
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There were a lot of things about the first round of Friday night’s NHL draft that seemed a little funny. Both league-wide and specifically to the Bruins, the first 30 picks were laced with irony and confusion. Some blatant examples: Two perceived top defenseman fell out of the top 10. The team that needed centers took winger Taylor Hall, which led to the team with too many centers taking Tyler Seguin.

Graig Woodburn photography

Graig Woodburn photography

A few storylines stand out with the Bruins’ new center, one of which is that he was the top-ranked player in the draft by NHL Central Scouting, yet went second. Just as fascinating, however, is the team he went to, and with which pick.

Every young hockey player’s dream is to play in the NHL, and with his selection Friday night Seguin will undoubtedly realize his lifelong goal. However, the path to Boston, a city he spoke about with excitement Friday night, ultimately went through the team he grew up admiring as a child.

Born in Brampton, Ontario, Seguin was close enough to Toronto to be a Maple Leafs fan. In addition to being an Original Six rival of the Black and Gold, the Maple Leafs were a trade partner in the move that would eventually bring Seguin to Boston. The Bruins acquired three picks from the Leafs last offseason in the Phil Kessel deal, including the first-rounder that became the pick used on the Plymouth Whalers center.

“Growing up I was the local guy,” Seguin said. “I liked watching the Leafs because they were the local team.  Now that it happened, I think it’s meant to be. I think things worked out throughout my life and anyone’s lives. It’s just where we were supposed to fall, and Boston was the team that was supposed to pick me.”

What makes it so interesting is the story the pick could have been if it stayed in Toronto. The hometown kid who grew up cheering on the Leafs goes to the historic franchise to give them a shot of both youth and scoring. Instead, he’s gone to the rival, a Bruins team that has seemed to be knocking at the door for two seasons now.

So does the team that will also see their second-rounder Saturday and first-round pick next year made by the Bruins regret the deal?

“We made this trade,” Leafs GM Brian Burke said at the draft. “We took our chance on how our team would finish. We talked about the possibility that it could be a lottery pick. … We said, ‘Well what if it is Taylor Hall? What if it is Tyler Seguin?’ and we said ‘We’re going to make that trade anyway.’ We got the player we wanted and I hope Boston got the player they wanted.”

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Bruins land Tyler Seguin at 7:26 pm ET
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LOS ANGELES — In a predictable move following Edmonton’s selection of Taylor Hall, the Bruins chose Plymouth Whalers center Tyler Seguin with the second overall pick in the NHL draft, a choice they received from the Maple Leafs in exchange for Phil Kessel.

Seguin was ranked as the top overall player in the draft by NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau but, by many accounts may have been a victim of playing for a bad team. While Hall made headlines the past two postseasons, Seguin’s Whalers never made it to the Memorial Cup in his two years in Plymouth.

A common player comparison for Seguin has been Red Wings Hall of Fame center Steve Yzerman. A 6-foot-1, 172-pound right-handed shot, Seguin is considered an elite goal-scorer and playmaker. He is known more for a finesse game than a hard-nosed style. Seguin’s father played college hockey at the University of Vermont in the 1980′s.

After compiling 67 points in his first season with the Whalers, Seguin scored 63 goals and added 58 assists for 106 points. He was awarded the Red Tilson trophy for most outstanding player in the OHL.

There had been talk that the Bruins and Oilers could have worked out a deal in order to secure whichever player the Bruins preferred. While the Bruins would never admit to preferring Hall even if they did, no deal was made.

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