WILMINGTON, Mass. — Last week, Tyler Seguin found out the Bruins wouldn’t be returning him to his Ontario Hockey League team in Plymouth prior to his NHL entry-level deal kicking in at the 10-game mark.
However, there remains the chance that Seguin could depart the Bruins — temporarily anyway — in mid-winter to play for his country. Seguin, who participated in Hockey Canada’s evaluation camp for its World Junior Championship team over the summer, could conceivably join that squad in Buffalo at Christmas time. When asked today after practice at Ristuccia Arena, Seguin said he’s open to whatever the Bruins want him to do.
“I think if I have a role on this team, they’re not going to want to send me back [for World Juniors]. To be honest, if I don’t, and they tell me to go back there, then I will,” said Seguin, who was famously snubbed from last winter’s team.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said that he hasn’t really thought about Seguin’s WJC situation yet. But when pressed, he wouldn’t take it off the table either.
“I’m not ruling it out,” said Chiarelli.
Should the return of Marc Savard and/or Marco Sturm to active duty cut into Seguin’s minutes, competing at the WJC might be a great way to keep Seguin’s development on track. So far, however, Seguin has only shown signs that he’s deserving of more time, not less.