Chiarelli commends progress of Bruins rookie Seguin

Seguin/By S. Bradley

Some were wondering Saturday night if Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin’s flu-like symptoms that kept him out of the game against the Flyers were related to the “Philadelphia flu” or his inconsistent play more than any germs he might’ve caught.

After all, Seguin was one of the few Bruins who skated Saturday morning and he seemed none the worse for wear when he came off the ice. And it might be in the Bruins’ best interests to claim the flu rather deal with the firestorm that would ensue if they made their prized rookie a healthy scratch.

Well, general manager Peter Chiarelli was a guest on NHL Live today and didn’t give any hints of displeasure over Seguin’s play.

“I think he’s progressing very well,” Chiarelli told the hosts on the NHL Network simulcast. “I think one of the adjustments that he’s making is, last year when he played for Plymouth [in the OHL], he was able to beat pretty much everyone with speed. And now I think he’s making the adjustment that he can’t beat everyone with speed. He can beat a lot of people with speed, but he’s slowly making the adjustment of protecting the puck and not being stripped and engaging a little more. He has his ups and downs but you see his speed, you see his shot. He can be a game-breaker and I like his progress.”

In 27 games (Saturday was his first missed contest), Seguin has 5-5-10 totals and a plus-1 rating. He was healthy enough to attend today’s holiday toy even at Target in Woburn, so he should practice with the Bruins tomorrow. We’ll know more about the Bruins’ opinions of Seguin if he’s in or out of the lineup Wednesday night in Buffalo.

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