There is only one Bruins prospect that could top the list of players closest to earning a job as an NHL regular — No. 2 overall pick Tyler Seguin.
Fans and media types alike were finally able to see that the pre-draft hype was accurate about the 18-year-old center when he dominated development camp in early July. The wrist shot that was once deemed underrated is now officially a strength of the 6-foot-1, 186 pivot. His speed and his offensive instincts should be able to give the Bruins a jolt this fall.
Obviously, he’ll need to add some strength and get up to speed with the pro game. But his foot speed, and the protection he should get playing in a deep Bruins forwards corps, should make him a Calder Trophy candidate this season. Many have compared his situation to that of Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos when the former No. 1 overall pick was a rookie. The difference, obviously, is that Stamkos joined a weak team, while Seguin is going a club that fashions itself a Stanley Cup contender.
The Bruins, understandably, have been trying to tamp down expectations on Seguin before he gets to training camp. However, they’ve done that before with other prospects, and no one wants to anoint a teenager as a definite pro because of the problems that could cause throughout an organization. Regardless of their efforts in “expectation control,” the Bruins are probably going to have no choice but to keep Seguin around because he’s just that talented and another year of dominating the OHL would be a waste.