Pressure Now Squarely On Seguin

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Tyler Seguin will be facing plenty of pressure in Dallas.

The trade that sent Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars a week and a half ago certainly turned plenty of heads. In a salary cap world it isn’t easy to swing those kind of blockbuster deals where seven different players are involved, and giving up on a second overall pick from the 2010 draft this soon may have had a few folks puzzled. The Bruins, however, have been ahead of the curve in recent years when it comes to roster decisions, and capturing a Stanley Cup as well as making another finals appearance all in the last three seasons is evidence of that. So it’s hard to question General Manager Peter Chiarelli at this point, especially when he was able to bring back Loui Eriksson and the once highly touted Joe Morrow in the deal.

As much as he struggled in this year’s post-season, perhaps part of the reason the Bruins were willing to part with Seguin was due to some of his rumored off-ice antics. Chiarelli admitted that Seguin needed to become a better pro and his stay in Dallas got off to a rocky start just a few days in with a much publicized Twitter controversy. Seguin is still just 21-years-old so it’s understandable that his actions are going to reflect that from time-to-time, but he could have a big wake up call with new pressures in Dallas.

It may sound ridiculous to say that Seguin is going to face more pressure in Dallas than in a hockey hotbed like Boston, but consider it from this perspective. Most top five draft picks have major pressures to perform quickly wherever they go, because chances are if you are picking that high; your franchise is probably in rough shape. Seguin was fortunate enough to avoid that in Boston thanks to the Phil Kessel trade. The Bruins second overall pick in 2010 that was used to grab Seguin came from Toronto, and Boston was already a Cup contender at that point. Seguin missed the rebuilding process that usually comes along with a team picking second in the draft.

Not only that, but as a rookie Seguin had the luxury of being eased into the lineup instead of being counted on right away. Since the Bruins already had a solid squad, he was used sparingly early in his career. Seguin averaged just over 12 minutes per game in his rookie season and was used in a supplementary role.

Seguin also hasn’t had to play the centre position very much so far during his time in the NHL. The Bruins were so deep down the middle that he was played mainly on the wing, which has much less responsibil