2010 NHL Draft: Seguin says he doesn’t have to be a center

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First, let’s start with the bit of history that was made when Edmonton selected Taylor Hall at No. 1 at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles and the Bruins picked Tyler Seguin No. 2.

The two players will now forever be linked and compared, but Seguin says that finishing runner-up didn’t leave him disappointed.

“I wasn’t surprised or disappointed. I think I just came in here really with an open mind,” he said after pulling on his Bruins sweater. “I didn’t have any expectations. I think everyone has their own opinion. We’ve seen it all year with whatever scouting service there may be. You know, Edmonton decided to select Hall first overall, and good for him. He deserves it. And I’m happy to be a Bruin.”

Seguin was ranked No. 1 in the final Central Scouting Service ratings, with Hall No. 2. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said all along that the two players were close in his team’s ratings, with one player only slightly better.

There was much speculation that Boston preferred Hall if for no other reason than he’s a winger and Seguin has mostly played center. With Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci manning the middle for the Bruins, it could be tough for Seguin to keep playing his natural position. He’s not worried about it.

“I’ve always been a natural centerman my whole life. I’ve always played center,” he said. “But when I came into my OHL career as a rookie I had to adjust to wing because I was playing with better players, and I was more of a playmaker that year. This past year the better players ended up leaving the team, they were older, so I got moved to center, and turned out to be more of a goal scorer.

“I’m a pretty diverse player, and I want to step into a team or organization like the Bruins and play any role.”

That role should be as an NHL forward on a team craving the type of offense Seguin produces because Boston was the worst scoring team in the league last year and has only upgraded slightly since the end of the season with the addition of Nathan Horton from Florida.

Seguin is looking forward to competing for a spot, but knows he still has to improve over the summer before his first NHL training camp.

“This whole year I’ve been working on, being a center, I’ve been working on my down low and supporting the wingers a little bit better,” he said. “I always want to help the team out by scoring and this year I had to mature on being better in my own end and not cheating for those goals.”

Bruins head coach Claude Julien and his staff will make sure that Seguin is best able to stay responsible and provide the required goal total. He might not have been the first overall pick, but Seguin is now the No. 1 addition to the Boston Bruins’ cause.

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