Boston Bruins star Tyler Seguin has played his final game for EHC Biel of the Swiss National League A, according to a tweet from The Fourth Period's David Pagnotta. He is currently representing Canada in the Spengler Cup and will return to North America following the tournament.
Seguin first took the ice for Biel on September 29 and dominated from the very start. He leaves Switzerland as the league's leading goal scorer with 25 tallies. In fact, Seguin ranks first among all locked-out NHL stars in goals scored.
With just two years of NHL experience under his belt, the 20-year-old's European explosion makes him look prepared to become a perennial all-star back at home. The forward produced 40 points in 29 games, good for fourth in the National League A.
For perspective, Seguin's point total in Switzerland was superior to fellow locked-out NHL stars John Tavares, Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton and Henrik Zetterberg.
Playing alongside Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane for Biel, Seguin became arguably European hockey's most lethal weapon. The second-overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft scored three hat-tricks in his time overseas.
His success has continued in a Canada jersey at the Spengler Cup. On December 26, he scored Canada's only goal against Bruins teammate Dennis Seidenberg's Adler Mannheim, who are representing Germany's DEL at the tournament.
Seguin is joined on Canada's Spengler Cup squad by Bruins linemate Patrice Bergeron, who recently announced the decision to end his stint with Switzerland's HC Lugano.
Seguin's decision follows a growing trend among Bruins. He is one of six Bruins to end contracts abroad, with Bergeron, David Krejci, Andrew Ference, Chris Kelly and Tuukka Rask having completed successful stays with European teams. Six more Bruins, including captain Zdeno Chara, remain in Europe.
Perhaps the flood of talent back to North America offers hope for a new CBA and NHL hockey in the near future.
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