He has been under the radar — dodging serious scrutiny — for much of the most disappointing season of his hockey life.
Tyler Seguin got his $6 million-a-year deal, which kicks in next October, and he hasn’t nearly approached expectations. But because of guys like Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic, his good friend Brad Marchand and more, all of whom have raised their games to Stanley Cup-hoisting levels, the Bruins’ version of the Can’t Miss Kid has quietly gone about his business of missing.
But that insulation surrounding Seguin may have disappeared going forward, despite the fact we are reminded often that is only 21-years-old.
Now, with the injury to one of the hottest Bruins players since May 1, Nathan Horton, Seguin could move from the Bruins worst line — the third line with Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly — to the best in the world with Krejci and Lucic.
All of the hockey world’s eyes are on Horton’s replacement, be it a short or long term fix.
Maybe this is what Seguin has needed all along, a little pressure ... or make that, a lot of pressure.
According to hockey experts, Seguin’s game has risen recently, despite the no-goals-and-no-assists stats lines we’ve become accustomed to.
He is getting off more shots, some really close. And his pass to Kaspars Daugavins — the guy wearing No. 16 on Wednesday night — in the third overtime, which if redirected would have ended Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals in the Bruins favor, might have been the play of the game.
But it wasn’t and that’s the way hockey is played. A lucky bounce — see the winning goal in the third overtime — you’re a hero for a day.
By osmosis, Seguin will start getting on the stat sheet. That’s what happens when you play with Krejci and Lucic.