BOSTON — Let the record show that Tyler Seguin did not set the TD Garden on fire in his debut in his new home arena while skating in Boston’s 5-2 rookie game victory over the New York Islanders.
However, you saw enough of the speedster’s wheels, hands and instincts to know that there are better days ahead for the No. 2 overall draft pick.
Seguin notched two assists, including one on a power-play goal by Jordan Caron that eluded at least three penalty killers, in the triumph. He finished the night with three shots on net and produced more positive than negative results.
“Tonight what I saw from Tyler was what we saw from him for the most part when we scouted him. He was a little tentative but it’s all relative with him because he’s such a highly skilled player,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “You saw some of the passes he made, you saw some of the little plays that he made, the mature plays that he made moving up the ice with the puck. What you saw tonight, you’re going to see a lot more of what you saw tonight but on a more consistent basis. He can play the half-wall on the power play. I think he can probably play down low too. He can bring the puck up on the power play. I think you saw toward the latter part of the game, he was carrying the puck more.
“He’s a versatile offensive player. He’s going to have to be responsible in his own end. I think you saw a couple gaffes here and there. But it’s his first game, so you’ve got to cut him some slack.”
Here’s what Seguin had to say after his Garden debut: