Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Seguin Has Earned Ice Time In Boston
Seguin's statistical output may have been an arguing point for some more ice time. In his 74 games played, he scored 11 goals and totaled 22 points. This regular season performance did not persuade Bruins' coach, Claude Julien, to give Seguin the nod for ice time in the playoffs, resulting in Seguin not playing in the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
It was not until the Bruins suffered some injuries to their top forwards did Seguin get a shot at a playoff appearance. In the first two playoff games of his career he notched six points, after scoring several highlight reel goals. However, he saw a reduction in ice time in his final 11 games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where he only recorded one assist but had his presence felt when ever he was on the ice.
Regardless of his average ice time per game, that ranked him 16th among rookie forwards in the league, he still got a championship ring and a day with the Stanley Cup.
However, next season Seguin should become a nightly name on the Bruins' roster, along with an increase in his time on ice per game. It would not make sense to keep Seguin from gaining more experience and growing into one of the NHL's top scorers. Seguin should only progress with the more exposure he gets.
On the other hand, holding Seguin back would more than likely hinder his development and Claude Julien would then be seen as the man behind the waste of a massive amount of talent.
Regardless of the amount of ice time Seguin gets next season it will make headlines. Either Seguin will be making news about his growing and maturing in result of his increase in playing time, or Julien will be the one taking the heat for placing one of the leagues top forwards on the bench at a vital point in his career.