Tyler Seguin: Breaking Down the Young Bruins Superstar's Play Overseas

Chris BlanchardContributor IIIDecember 10, 2012

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 29:  Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins celebrates teammate Andrew Ference's goal in the third period as Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals stands by on March 29, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in an overtime shootout.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Twenty-year-old Tyler Seguin has been the breakout star of the NHL Lockout. On the verge of superstardom, the two-year NHL vet currently leads the Swiss National League A in goals. 

In late September, Seguin was among the first of the NHL to ship off to Europe when he announced via Twitter that he would join Switzerland's EHC Biel. He played his first game on Sept. 29 and has dominated the league ever since. 

Though he failed to put his name on the score-sheet in his debut, he settled in quickly with a goal and an assist in his second contest. Through 26 games, he now totals 24 goals and 14 assists for a whopping 38 points. 

For the past several weeks Seguin has been honored with the gold helmet and jersey worn by each team's top-scorer. 

He ranks third in the league in points behind Damien Brunner, Linus Omark and former-Bruin Glen Metropolit, each of whom has played more games than Seguin. A veritable list of NHL megastars trails the youngster in the Swiss scoring charts including Joe Thornton, Rick Nash, John Tavares and Jason Spezza. 

Seguin spent the early part of the season creating chances with former-UNH forward Jacob Macflikier but has since received a major upgrade in the form of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane. Since Kane joined Biel in late October, Seguin has flourished. 

With Kane's help, Seguin has surged to the top of Switzerland's goal-scoring charts. With 24 goals in just 26 games, Seguin has scored more than any other locked-out NHL star. Averaging .923 goals per game, he has seemingly become the superstar Boston envisioned when they drafted him second overall in 2010. 

Seguin's meteoric rise began with flashes of brilliance in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including six points in the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals. After hoisting the Cup as a rookie, Seguin emerged as Boston's most dangerous offensive threat in 2011-12, leading the team in goals (29) and points (67) in just his second season. 

A tremendous all-around forward with elite speed and hands, Seguin's ruthless shot has been on full display of late. His three hat tricks in Switzerlnd exhibit the unique potential he will bring back to the NHL when the lockout is finally completed. 

The forward is one of 12 Bruins who have laced up the skates abroad this year, including stars such as Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask and David Krejci.

Seguin has been joined in Switzerland by his Bruins linemate Patrice Bergeron, who has found plenty of success for himself. Bergeron has exploded offensively with 28 points in 18 games and has also been one of the breakout stars of the lockout. Seguin's EHC Biel has split a pair of games with Bergeron's HC Lugano. 

Overall it has been a stellar season for displaced Bruins, with forwards Seguin, Bergeron and Krejci each averaging more than a point per game in top leagues. New starting goaltender Tuukka Rask led the Czech Extraliga in goals-against average (2.13) before returning to North America at the end of November.

Chris Kelly is the only other Bruin to return from Europe. He spent most of November with HC Red Ice in the Swiss second division. Though Rask and Kelly seemed to be starting a homeward trend, Daniel Paille became the most recent Bruin to debut in Europe when he signed with Ilves Tampere of Finland's SM-liiga in early December. 

With their stars performing at such an elite level, the Bruins will hope that they will return to the ice as a team sooner rather than later.