I was extremely impressed with the performance of young Tyler Seguin for the Boston Bruins last season. I think that he performed very well in a limited role and has an extremely good scoring touch.
His hands are as good as I have seen from someone his age.
He will probably be given a chance to play in a top-6 role for the Bruins this season and will be able to improve on the 22 points (11 goals and 11 assists) that he had last year.
Here are the reasons why I think he is due for 30 goals this season.
The Bruins do need youngsters that play a grinding game in order to earn themselves a roster spot.
Obviously, the team's identity is getting younger, but the Bruin philosophy is still the same as what won them a Stanley Cup.
The Bruins look to wear down their opponents and have an effective sustained forecheck that forces other teams to be very good and making their first pass out of their own zone.
Seguin is someone who is very active in creating turnovers and is also responsible in his backchecking, he is a remarkably smart player for his age.
He will be able to pick up a lot of gritty goals by using his skill close to the net.
Tyler Seguin can flat out fly and this will be a very useful tool as his game progresses in the years to come.
His hands are quick enough to keep up with his feet, which is something that is sometimes missing for younger players.
Watch the above video in order to see how Seguin takes the puck, beats Gilroy at the point, makes a few nice moves to avoid the sweep check of Gilroy, then roofs a snap shot.
The crowd at MSG was pretty shocked!
I think that Steven Stamkos officially ended the "Sophomore Jinx" myth by breaking out and scoring 51 goals after a relatively tougher rookie season.
Tyler Seguin will also improve in his second season, almost as dramatically going from 11 goals to over 30.
I think that a lot of recent rookies have seen their statistics improve, and someone who showed as much promise as Seguin did last season should have no problem scoring at an elite level.
It's time for the media to stop using the excuse of a jinx in the case of a rookie who has a fluke first season and is unable to prove themselves afterwards.
Seguin has displayed the ability to hit his way into the offensive zone, which is an effective way to operate on the forecheck.
His famous hit on Steven Stamkos was an excellent way of proving to the hockey world that he is tough.
The above video of his hit on Scott Hartnell was also a good way of sending a message that he will not back down against older and tougher players.
I hope to see Seguin develop fully into an elite power forward in this league like Jerome Iginla or Corey Perry has.
He should at least be able to make space for himself physically on the ice, which will allow him to score more goals.
Tyler Seguin displayed an excellent scoring touch when he was given a chance to have more minutes because of injury problems during the postseason last year.
The result was three goals and four assists in 13 games, and even those results were still limited by the amount of ice time given.
This next season should provide him with the kind of minutes in which he will be able to score 30 goals and help the Bruins as they look to embark on another long playoff run.