|Thornton on Dale & Holley: No pressure on Seguin||09.23.10 at 2:11 pm ET|
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.”
Upon Dale Arnold saying that Seguin should “staple” himself to 42 year-old veteran and potential linemate Mark Recchi, Thornton said he wouldn’t be the only one.
“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.”
|Seguin could once again prove better at a higher level||09.20.10 at 2:51 pm ET|
Tyler Seguin’s talent has been put on display in various levels since he became a Boston Bruin. First, YouTube highlights were one’s best bet to see what the second overall could do before he actually donned the jersey. From there, it was rookie development camp.
Last week, he saw game action in two rookie exhibitions against the Islanders. Monday, though, was the closest Seguin has come to playing in an NHL game when he took part in the team’s intrasquad scrimmage. And he looked good.
Playing as a right wing and then left wing on a line centered by Patrice Bergeron with Mark Recchi, Seguin helped orchestrate the scrimmage’s first goal and the only tally for the white squad when he fed Bergeron from behind the net.
Though he figures to be a center in the long-term and entered camp playing the position, the glimpse of Seguin as a wing for two of the Bruins bigger offensive contributors was a welcome sight as the Bruins look to improve an offense that finished dead-last in scoring last season.
Though Seguin didn’t show up on the stat sheet as often as his teammates during the rookie games, playing with Bergeron and Recchi provided evidence that if the three entered the season on the same line, it could be a very productive one for the Bruins.
“Tyler needs to play with skilled players and I think skilled players need to play with skilled players,” Mike Vellucci, Seguin’s coach in the OHL, told WEEI.com back in May. “Tyler, I think first and foremost, is a playmaker that makes his linemates better around him.”
It isn’t much of a surprise that Seguin, though playing against tougher competition, looked better in a higher-skilled setting. As a guy who went from an average fourth-liner to OHL MVP as a result of being moved to the first line, Seguin has displayed an ability to skate with the big boys, even if it is just after one competitive glimpse.
“Since the draft, I’ve been saying that I’m confident and comfortable to play in the NHL,” Seguin said after the scrimmage. “Obviously, you’ve got to make little strides and you’ve got to adapt to all different stuff in the NHL that comes with it. Right now I feel like I’ve been doing that and I feel like I fit in out there.”
Seguin, who has maintained for months that he is open to playing any position (even offering up his self-proclaimed “brutal” goaltending skills), noted that there are “pros and cons” to playing both right and left wing, though he has no preference. A right-handed shot, he noted that playing right wing makes for an easier time breaking the puck out of his own zone. He saw most of his time Monday at left wing, but when he was made aware of his line, it wasn’t his position that stood out to him.
“Obviously the guys are great hockey players, Bergeron and Recchi,” Seguin said. “They’re phenomenal hockey players, great guys, and when I found out I was playing with them, I was very excited.”
Though the line has a real shot at sticking in the regular season, Claude Julien hinted that the team will give Seguin some looks at center as it determines how to go about utilizing both the rookie and Bergeron and Recchi’s line.
“He’ll get a little bit of everything,” Julien said of Seguin. “I think this is why we have these exhibition games, to try out different things, but no doubt, when you look at [Bergeron] and Recchi last year, putting somebody on that wing that will give them a little bit more of an offensive punch will definitely be something we want to look at.”
Much has been made of a potential relationship between Seguin and Recchi. The veteran could provide a mentor to the rookie while giving Seguin an opportunity to ask him anything and everything about playing in the NHL. Seguin, sticking to his modest “if I make the team” mentality, admitted he would jump at such an opportunity, but won’t assume it’s a given.
“That would be the big privilege if hopefully I earn my spot on this team and I could pick his brain all year,” Seguin said. “I’ll definitely take advantage of that if he allows me. Until then, it’s just trying to make the most impressions I can on the coaching staff and the players here and earn my spot.”
|Bergeron likes what he sees from Seguin||at 1:42 pm ET|
The Bruins featured a very interesting line Monday in Patrice Bergeron centering Tyler Seguin and Mark Recchi. For Seguin, who played both wings in the day’s black/white scrimmage, he gets an opportunity to play alongside a future Hall of Famer in Recchi and someone who knows what it’s like to make an impact in their rookie year in Bergeron. A key contributor to the team since making the Bruins in the 2003-04 season, Bergeron knows what it’s like to be teamed with players he looked up to early on.
“My first scrimmage was pretty amazing,” Bergeron said after the scrimmage. “It was [Sergei] Samsonov and Glen Murray, so they made it pretty easy for me, to be honest.”
The three players seemed to make things easy for one another in Monday’s scrimmage, with Seguin feeding Bergeron on the white squad’s only goal. Consider Bergeron impressed.
“The first shift, we both thought we were in the middle, but then we figured it out and it was good. He’s always well-positioned and he has that good speed so that helps him a lot.”
|Black tops white in scrimmage||at 1:17 pm ET|
Though the white team featured perhaps the most intriguing line on the ice in Patrice Bergeron centering Mark Recchi and Tyler Seguin, the black team claimed a 3-1 victory in the Bruins’ intrasqaud scrimmage on Monday.
Seguin hit Bergeron in the slot, who promptly beat Nolan Schaefer to open the game’s scoring early in the second half (the sides took the ice for two 20-minute periods), but Zdeno Chara and Jamie Arniel both netted goals for the black squad, with Lane MacDermid potting an empty netter. Check back here for post-game comments from the players and coach Claude Julien.
|Post-concussion symptoms for Savard means Seguin will stick to center||09.17.10 at 1:17 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday at TD Garden that Marc Savard notified him late in the summer that he is suffering from “symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome.” As a result, Savard, who is in Boston with his teammates as they open training camp, will not skate. The symptoms shown by the veteran center are undoubtedly a result of the March 7 hit from Penguins forward Matt Cooke.
Chiarelli said that as a result of the setback, second overall pick Tyler Seguin, expected to be moved to wing given the team’s depth at center, will stick to his original position for the time being.
“I suspect any time missed from camp for Savvy will have to be made up, just from pure conditioning and catching up,” Chiarelli said. “We’ll take it day by day, but we’re looking at other lineups now, with and without Savvy.”
Chiarelli noted that it’s been a few weeks since Savard has been able to work out after training hard throughout the earlier part of the offseason. His teammates and coach are hoping for a speedy recovery.
“It’s unfortunate,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “Right now we’re missing a real good player. …I think it’s pretty unanimous in our group that we want him back as soon as possible.”
Patrice Bergeron, no stranger to concussions when considering the 2007 hit from behind from Flyers Randy Jones, said he was made aware of the development on Friday and that he wishes Savard the best despite not having all the details. He didn’t know how to explain the negative turn Savard’s recovery has taken, but chalked that up to the nature of the injury.
“It’s so different from one guy to another with concussions. It’s hard to tell and that’s why it’s hard to treat,” Bergeron said. “That’s why doctors never really know what can and cannot happen. To me, it happened that way that it took me a long long time, that more than Savvy, and it didn’t come back but Savvy’s is coming back. It’s never the same, but I’m supporting him and I just want him to feel better.”
|Training camp underway||at 10:14 am ET|
After a couple weeks of captain’s practices and three days of rookie skating in anticipation of Wednesday and Thursday’s victories over the Islanders youngsters, the Bruins officially open training camp on Friday morning at the Garden with fitness testing. Peter Chiarelli, Claude Julien, and the players will speak following the session, so keep it here for their comments and news as it comes.
The team has optional ice at 1:30 Friday, but that will be closed to the public and the media. For those interested in getting their first look at Nathan Horton in a Bruins uniform, camp will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.
Wednesday and Thursday will mark the team’s first two preseason games, when they play the Canadiens in Montreal and Panthers in Rochester. They have two home exhibitions, taking place on the 25th and 29th against the Panthers and Capitals, respectively.
|Overtime for rookie game||09.16.10 at 9:23 pm ET|
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