Did the Bruins give up on Tyler Seguin too soon?
The Boston Bruins traded forward Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars this offseason.
Seguin is an undeniable talent. He was the second overall selection in the 2010 NHL draft. He is a gifted scorer who tallied 29 goals in 2011-12 and was on pace for 27 tallies if last year was a full, 82-game season.
Before trading him, general manager Peter Chiarelli questioned Seguin's work ethic and maturity. Apparently, the 21-year-old Brampton, Ontario native was having a little too much fun away from the ice—which makes him not all that different from guys his age, many of whom are in college.
The big question is, does Seguin mature in time to realize his potential? If he does, the Bruins will probably regret dealing Seguin. If he doesn't, this was a good trade.
The cliche in sports is that the team who got the best player in a trade probably got the best of the deal. Seguin has the potential to be the best player in this trade.
Natural goal scorers are hard to come by in the NHL. Even with the immaturity that the Bruins organization noticed in him, Seguin nearly scored 30 goals in a season.
If he does mature, 40 or even 50 goals are not hard to imagine for Seguin. If that happens, the Bruins will regret the day they traded Seguin.