Seguin a Shining Star in Dallas
Being taken as the second overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins placed a lot of pressure on Seguin's shoulders right from the get go. Seguin, 22, came into the league as someone who had a lot of skill, speed, and an ability to produce on a consistent basis.
While Seguin only had 22 points in his rookie season (11 goals and 11 assists) in 2010-11, he was a part of the Bruins' Cup-winning team and gained valuable experience. He followed up his rookie year with two solid seasons on the ice, but had trouble off the ice.
Seguin's off-ice issues led to Bruins' general manager Peter Chiarelli to trade him to the Dallas Stars during this past off-season. Looking at the deal several months later, it is easy to see that it has made a positive impact on Seguin.
As of this writing, Seguin is first on the team in goals (32), assists (42), and points (74). While Seguin was successful offensively in Boston in both 2011-12 (29 goals and 38 assists for 67 points) and 2012-13 (16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points), he was not the kind of offensive player he is today with the Stars.
For starters, Seguin is a lot more consistent when it comes to his offensive game. His name on the score sheet more often than not and in the games he does not produce, he still makes an impact by getting pucks to the net, creating quality scoring opportunities and having an offensive presence.
Secondly, Seguin is clearly one of the go-to guys on this Stars' hockey club. In Boston, Seguin had to compete with the likes of David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton, Brad Marchand, and Milan Lucic and more often than not, played on the team's second or third line.
In Dallas, Seguin is a top line player who gets a lot of ice time on a nightly basis. In fact, Seguin usually averages close to 20 minutes a night, which shows how much faith and confidence the Stars have in this electrifying player.
Because the Stars are showing their confidence in him, Seguin is more than likely playing with the most confidence he has ever had in his young NHL career. Seguin now drives to the net, is not afraid to shoot the puck, takes chances with making tough passes to his teammates and is now a player that comes through when his team needs it the most as he leads the team with six game winning goals.
The Stars have a young and exciting player who has not even reached his ceiling yet. Even with 74 points already this season, it is clear that Seguin can probably do even more than he is doing right now for his hockey club.
Luckily, the Stars have Seguin for the next five years and hopefully beyond, making the team much tougher to play against and one that has playoff hopes year in and year out.