WILMINGTON, Mass. — It’s hard to tell if Tyler Seguin’s tougher task for Thursday will be trying to score against the Toronto Maple Leafs or trying to convince some of his closest friends to change allegiances from the Leafs to the Bruins.
The Brampton, Ontario native grew up rooting for the Blue and White, but obviously last June’s draft and the contract he signed with the Bruins made quick work of his transformation. Some of those close to Seguin, however, have been harder to convince.
“I’ll probably just send them some nice text messages to try to get them on my side,” said Seguin this week after a practice in preparation for Thursday night’s Toronto-Boston clash at TD Garden.
That Seguin made the NHL roster out of training camp and is still around for this first installment of Kessel Mania 2010-11 is an accomplishment in itself. He’s now two thirds of the way through his nine-game stint that’ll determine whether he sticks around Boston or heads back to Plymouth of the OHL. Once he plays a 10th NHL game, Seguin starts the countdown on his entry-level contract. While no one among the Bruins’ decision-making brass is tipping its hand about whether he’ll stay or go, Seguin seems to think he belongs.
“[It’s gone] good. I’ve improved a lot and I feel comfortable and confident every day more and more. So it definitely feels good,” said Seguin.
His one-goal, two-assist performance through six games hasn’t overwhelmed anyone, but he has created numerous other scoring chances and come along defensively. The sure money is still on Seguin sticking around. Torching the Leafs and convincing more Ontario natives to switch over rooting interest from Toronto to Boston could go a long way toward earning him permanent residence in the Hub.