|Seguin appears headed for center||09.29.10 at 12:29 pm ET|
The Bruins made six more cuts from camp on Wednesday, sending Joe Colborne, Zach Hamill, Steven Kampfer, Jeff LoVecchio, Jeremy Reich, and Wyatt Smith have been assigned to Providence. Though Colborne was expected to require some more seasoning in the AHL anyway, the move to send Hamill down significantly narrows down the team’s options regarding the third-line center.
“It wasn’t easy,” coach Claude Julien said of sending the former eighth overall pick to Providence. “Zach is a player that has progressed every year so far, and he’s getting there. For him, maybe it’s a disappointment, but for us, we were really impressed with how much he’s gotten better over the course of the few years. He’s pretty close, and to the point where I don’t think as a coach I’d even hesitate to give him a call and use him because there’s going to be some injuries.
“All he has to do is go to Providence and continue to show that he’s a good player and try and be as dominate a player as he can down there. If he has a good season, there’s no reason to believe that he wouldn’t be back. ”
With the competition seemingly down to second overall pick Tyler Seguin and Blake Wheeler, Claude Julien indicated Wednesday that Seguin may be the preference, though the team will get looks at both players in the three final preseason games. Seguin will center a line with Michael Ryder and Wheeler vs. the Capitals on Wednesday at TD Garden.
“I think it’s getting clearer. Obviously, with Colborne and Hamill being gone, there’s a bit of a competition in a way to see who’s going to end up there. We’d like to see Tyler play in that position tonight and really give him that chance. We know he can play the wing, we’ve seen him play the wing with some players, and be pretty successful, so more than likely you’re going to see him [at center] and we’ll see how he handles it tonight, especially against a Washington team that is usually a pretty good team. If not, we’ve got a couple of preseason games over in Europe where we can rotate him and Blake in and out.”
Here is the rest of the roster for the game:
Goaltenders: Nolan Schaefer, Tim Thomas
It is expected that Thomas will start in net on Wednesday night. It will be his first preseason action.
|Seguin takes the good with the bad||09.25.10 at 10:59 pm ET|
Saturday night was a big night for Tyler Seguin. It definitely wasn’t the first time he heard a crowd go crazy after he scored, and it certainly wasn’t the first time Boston fans lost their voices cheering for him each time his name was announced. It was, however, the first time the two occurrences coincided, as he netted his first goal of the preseason and scored for the first time at TD Garden.
Seguin scored the Bruins’ first goal of the night, one that was followed by a tally from another newcomer in Nathan Horton. Though he was glad to “finally” score as a member of the Bruins (if one scoreless game in which he had an assist against the Canadiens qualifies in Seguin’s mind as a scoring drought, the Bruins are in great shape), Seguin may have been more concerned with the one that got away than his first preseason goal. With the Panthers holding a 2-1 advantage in the shootout, Seguin was stopped by Florida netminder and former Boston College great Scott Clemmensen to end the game.
“There was a lot of pressure there,” Seguin said when asked of the moments leading up to his turn in the shootout. “When I went in, I heard Bergeron [who scored the first goal of the shootout] say the goalie was back in his net, so I wanted to go up high there, but I ended up going low. I kind of whiffed on it a bit, but what can you do?”
Last season’s OHL MVP, Seguin admitted that he could get away with more in his days in juniors than now. He pointed to his play in his own end as an area where he feel he still needs to improve.
“Back in the OHL, you can probably make a couple more errors. Here, if you make those errors, they’re going to cost you,” Seguin said, adding that there are also bits and pieces of his game as a winger that have been developing with more practice.
As for being called on in a shootout again, Seguin said that though he isn’t too experienced with them, he feels comfortable in the setting. He added that he would embrace being used in such a scenario again.
“You know, we didn’t have a lot [of shootouts] on the Whalers, but I’ve always been good at shootouts,” Seguin said. “I’m just going to keep working on it and hopefully I get the opportunity more this year.”
|Panthers win it in shootout||at 10:25 pm ET|
Cory Stillman notched the game-winner against Tuukka Rask in a shootout as the Bruins took a 3-2 loss in third preseason game, their first at TD Garden. After Patrice Bergeron netted the team the first shootout goal, Ryan Spooner and Tyler Seguin failed to convert on their attempts.
In regulation, both teams went scoreless in the first period with each with the Bruins scoring twice in the second and the Panthers picking up two of their own in the third. Seguin and Nathan Horton provided the offense for the B’s, with both of the high-profile newcomers beating Scott Clemmensen in the second. Seguin’s tally was the first of his preseason, while Horton had already potted one against the Canadiens on Wednesday night.
Radek Dvorak slid a Rask at 2:20 of the third period to make it a 2-1 game. The goal broke up a shutout bid by Rask in which the Panthers otherwise failed to capitalize on rebounds. Later in the period, a Horton turnover behind his own net led to Marty Reasoner setting up Nathan McArdle for the game-tying goal.
|Expect Friday morning’s lines on Saturday||09.24.10 at 6:19 pm ET|
Those excited to finally hear that Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton skated on a line in Friday morning’s practice are in luck. Same goes for those gushing about the PPF (past, present, future — stick tap to ESPNBoston’s Joe MacDonald on the name) line consisting of 42 year old Mark Recchi and 18 year old Tyler Seguin with Patrice Bergeron, 25, in the middle. Claude Julien indicated that the lines from the earlier of the team’s two sessions will likely be the same ones that take the ice Saturday night at the Garden against the Panthers.
“Our lineups should be pretty close to what you saw this morning in the first group,” Julien said Friday. “So if you took note of that, that’s pretty close. I always say that because tomorrow morning something may happen or we might make a change here or there. But what you saw in the first group is, if everything goes according to how it should, it should be pretty close team for tomorrow.”
Chiarelli also said that Tim Thomas, who practiced on Friday, will not be in net for the Bruins. By process of elimination, expect Tuukka Rask, the only other goalie in the first group Friday, to get the start.
|Seguin not the only youngster impressing Recchi||at 3:04 pm ET|
Mark Recchi‘s name as been tied in with every Tyler Seguin discussion since the Bruins drafted the young forward. Given Recchi’s experience and knowledge of both the game and the league, it’s only natural to assume he will serve as a mentor to the young superstar.
Speaking Friday, Recchi was of course asked about Seguin, who he called an “extremely skilled” guy who’s “in a great opportunity to continue to grow as a player.” From his perspective, Seguin isn’t the only youngster who has impressed in camp, and certainly not the only one who might appreciate a word or two of advice from a veteran.
“It’s a growing process for these guys. They get nervous,” Recchi said. “Going to Montreal — it’s probably the first time [Jordan Caron] has played in [the Bell Centre] — and being a French-Canadian, it’s pretty nerve-racking for those kids. I think he handled it well, and I think he’s going to continue to get better.”
Recchi doesn’t mind doing what he can to help the young players get acclimated with the professional setting. Now 42, he looks back on his early days in the league.
“Right now, it’s just trying to make them comfortable, feel part of it, always saying hi to them, always tapping them. It makes kids feel good. I was there one day, when I had Bryan Trottier tapping me on the shin pads. It makes you feel pretty good, so right now the biggest thing is making sure that they feel welcomed and they feel part of it.”
Recchi spoke highly of how some of the organization’s younger guys, including calling second-round pick Ryan Spooner a “heck of a hockey player.”
“[Ryan] Spooner has opened a lot of eyes to me,” Recchi said. “He’s a heck of a hockey player.” Though guys like Seguin and Spooner would have to make the team or return to juniors, Recchi noted that the likes of Matt Bartkowski and Steve Kampfer could prove valuable as callups during the season.
“It’s great to have that kind of depth,” Recchi said. “If you have it, it makes it a lot easier, that’s for sure.”
|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.”
“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.”