WILMINGTON, Mass. — The offseason is officially over now that the Bruins’ rookies have reported for formal, on-ice practices, which started today at Ristuccia Arena.
Of course, No. 2 overall draft pick Tyler Seguin was the magnetic presence, both on and off the ice, among the 24 rookies in attendance for the two-session practice. In the scandal of scandals (haha), Seguin played center during drills.
“I’m pretty confident and comfortable at either position,” said Seguin, who will probably be moved to the wing once main camp opens next weekend. “I’ve played both over my OHL career, so coming in here, any position – whether it’s goalie, those two positions – I’ll play them to make the team.”
Seguin, who has been politically correct and humble about the possibility of him making the big club since the draft in June, has obviously also rehearsed his “I can play wing or center” shtick in the last couple months as well. And let’s face it, there’s no controversy here folks. If Seguin can show the same speed and shot in camp that he showed in the OHL and in development camp, the Bruins will find a place for him and he’ll benefit a team in desperate need of not just offensive talent, but creativity.
“He’ll probably stay at center for a bit,” said general manager Peter Chiarelli, noting that the line combinations would be mixed and matched as the week unfolds.
Seguin had a mostly busy summer, with personal workouts, a trip to Team Canada’s World Junior team camp and a week off for fishing following up his time at Bruins development camp in July. Before he arrived in Boston last week, Seguin took part in a “mini training camp” with more than a dozen NHL standouts — including Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri and Jason Spezza — alongside training Matt Nichol in Toronto. The physical activity, along with the exchange of ideas he had with those NHL vets, better prepared Seguin to make the next step in his career.
“I’m going to go in here, have fun, but obviously leave everything out there, work my hardest, try to make an impression to try to make this roster,” said Seguin about his approach to camp and the two rookie games coming up on Wednesday and Thursday at TD Garden.
“Seguin Mania” shouldn’t be tarnished by any position controversy. First and foremost, he’s a hockey player and Boston won’t be wrong by inserting him at any position — well, as long as it’s not goaltender.