While the Boston Bruins prepare to face the Buffalo Sabres tonight, Jan. 31 is a big day for another reason: it is Tyler Seguin‘s 21st birthday. On this occasion, let’s take a look at his career so far and at some of the highlights.
Seguin started his career with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL after deciding not to pursue NCAA college hockey like his dad Paul did. Initially he didn’t fit in well with the Whalers and struggled, but then he was moved to the top line at the discretion of a new coach and found his way from there.
The success he had in his first two campaigns with Plymouth got the attention of NHL Central Scouting–at first, he was even ranked the top prospect, but eventually slipped to second behind Taylor Hall, which foretold the way the two of them would be drafted in 2010. The two of them also shared the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy in 2010 as the OHL’s highest scorers because both of them had tallied 106 points.
Following his drafting and signing to an entry-level deal with the Bruins, Seguin traveled with the team to Europe for the 2010-11 NHL Premiere games. His first goal came on Oct. 10, 2010 against Ilya Bryzgalov during one of the Premiere games. In his rookie campaign, he had 11 goals and 11 assists, but then found himself scratched for the first two rounds of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. But then when the team needed someone to step up after Patrice Bergeron went down with a concussion, Seguin came into the Eastern Conference Finals and proceeded to put up three goals and three assists in his first two games.
November 2011 saw Seguin’s first hat trick, scored in Toronto–with his family in attendance–against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who traded away his draft pick to receive Phil Kessel. He attended the 2012 All-Star Game, his second time going to the festivities, and won the team’s Seventh Player Award after a sophomore season of 29 goals, 38 assists and a +34 rating. He led the team in scoring and single-handedly ensured the team’s 2012 quarterfinal series would go to seven games thanks to an overtime goal in Game 6.
During the lockout, he kept his game up by playing for EHC Biel in Switzerland. He became a fan favorite, scored enough times to earn a special Top Scorer sweater and helmet, won the Spengler Cup alongside Bergeron with Team Canada and left with 25 goals and 15 assists in 29 games played.
Now on a six-year contract, Seguin will be part of the Bruins core for years to come. Here are some clips of him from various points in his career so far:
His very first NHL goal from Prague.
His first goal inside TD Garden, followed by the genesis of the “Thank You Kessel” chant.
Footage of Seguin’s four-point playoff game, the most a teenager has produced in a single playoff game since Trevor Linden from before Seguin was even born.
How Seguin extended the series to seven in 2012.
The commentary is in Swiss German, but the goals speak for themselves–Seguin scores a hat trick while wearing his Top Scorer gear.
Speaking of hat tricks, here is Seguin’s first NHL hat trick.
As a prospect, Seguin, Hall and other top prospects meet a be-mulleted Patrick Kane during the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.
Though this commentator can’t quite get a handle on how to pronounce Seguin, here is a much smaller Seguin scoring a big goal during a tournament at West Edmonton Mall in 2002.