Column: The Bruins will regret trading Tyler Seguin
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013 00:09
Although this article may come a few weeks premature, I couldn’t resist writing about hockey after the Bruins’ first preseason game on Monday night. With Boston’s win 6-3 over the Canadiens, I couldn’t help but wonder if the team would actually suffer with the loss of Tyler Seguin from the Bruins lineup. With new right wing, Jarome Iginla, scoring twice this game it doesn’t seem like the B’s will be impacted at all; but I’m looking at the big picture here. I’m putting aside the comments that Seguin was traded because he was acting out and being unprofessional, and I’m looking at his skill as a player. Will the Bruins suffer in the long run without Seguin on their side?
This summer, the Bruins traded Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow. But the main point of the trade came down to Seguin in exchange for Eriksson.
This trade came as a shock to some Bruins fans, because Seguin was a key factor in the Boston offense for the three years he played for the team. In the 2011 to 2012 season, Seguin led the Bruins in goals scored. He racked up 29 goals and 38 assists in just his second season in the NHL. That’s a huge improvement compared to his 11 goals and 11 assists in his first season. In September of 2012, the Bruins completed a six year $34.5 million extension with Seguin. His speed and shot have very few rivals in the NHL, which is why he was a huge catch for the Bruins. To add his ability on to an already powerful offense, the B’s would be nearly impossible for any competition.
However, in this past season Seguin seemed to flat line in the moments the team needed him the most. He scored only 16 goals and 16 assists in the shortened 48 game season. On top of that, Seguin only scored one goal in the 22 games he played in the Playoffs. Despite his drop in statistics, can we really blame him for his uneven performance? Was his last season a pattern we see repeating in the future, or, going back to my original question, will the Bruins regret trading this young star?
Seguin, at the age of 21, is still an inexperienced player in the NHL. He has only had three seasons in the professional league, which is nothing compared to recently signed Devils’ Jaromir Jagr’s 19 years of experience or even Zdeno Charas 15 years in the league. His tremendous second season put him under more pressure to perform better as the seasons progressed, but this inconsistency is common in the beginning stages of a professional league.
Loui Eriksson, who replaced Seguin on the B’s, has played in the NHL for seven seasons. However, his first four season statistics look quite similar to Seguin’s three. In Eriksson’s first season he played 59 games and scored only six goals and had 13 assists. In his third season Eriksson played in 82 games and scored 36 goals, which was a huge improvement compared to his first two seasons. Yet, in his fourth season he dropped down to 29 goals in 82 games played. This spiked pattern parallel’s Seguin’s performance in the beginning of his career. As Eriksson played more in the NHL he became more consistent and reliable as a player thus showing his true skill.
Seguin hasn’t hit his prime yet; he showed his potential in his second season but like any new player, he was inconsistent. His skills aren’t developed just yet which is why I think the Bruins may regret trading him in the long run. Not to knock at Eriksson’s skills, since he is viewed as a key asset to the team, but the Bruins jumped the gun upon letting go of someone as talented as Seguin.