Tyler Seguin was traded to the Dallas Stars on July 4 after another poor postseason performance and questions about his maturity and professionalism.
Some inappropriate tweets and rumors of partying created a few PR issues for Seguin to deal with during his final days in Boston, but with a chance to start fresh in Dallas, the 21-year-old star is aiming to lead the franchise to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
"I had some comments on Tyler at the (2013) draft regarding his professionalism and him acting like a professional," said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli in July. "I prefaced that by saying he’s only 21, and he’ll figure it out. You know what you have to manage your team, you have to manage your players, you have to manage your cap, and that was part of the reason why we [traded him]."
There's no denying that the former No. 2 overall draft pick is blessed with extraordinary talent. He has impressive goal scoring ability, exceptional playmaking skills, great hands and game-changing speed. The defensive aspect of his game has also improved quite a bit since the Brampton native debuted for the Bruins in 2010-11.
The challenge for Seguin next season is to prove that he's capable of working just as hard off the ice as he does on it. The best young centers in the NHL, including Steven Stamkos and John Tavares, work extremely hard in the summer to add strength and get the proper nutrition. This is the kind of effort that will be required of Seguin in Dallas.
To be fair, Seguin is only 21 years old and not all young stars are as professional and mature as a Jonathan Toews. With that said, Seguin must become a leader on and off the ice, in addition to scoring at or close to a point-per-game rate if this franchise is going to return to prominence.