WILMINGTON, Mass. — So many people seem to be up in arms about the Bruins’ handling of rookie Tyler Seguin, you’d think they were making him park cars and mop floors at TD Garden.
To his credit, the 19-year-old Seguin hasn’t made a peep all season about his constant shifts between center and wing, or his bouncing from line to line, or his three games as a healthy scratch. He might even find himself the odd man out again once newly acquired Chris Kelly joins the active roster.
When asked today about how all the changes have affected his first-year development, Seguin stuck to his diplomatic rhetoric.
“I don’t think it’s tougher. It doesn’t make it easier,” he said after practice at Ristuccia Arena. “I think in the end, I’m happy playing either way. I’ve played both positions, obviously. So you just go into every game and be ready to help the team.”
As for a desire to have a little stability, Seguin said:
“I’m a rookie playing on a Cup-contending team. I’m 19, I’m not asking for anything but what’s being given to me and right now I’m doing all I can.”
Seguin declined to talk much about his individual performances in Boston’s last two games after he was scratched for two because both games ended in defeat. It was obvious, and general manager Peter Chiarelli pointed this out after the Toronto loss, that Seguin was more engaged and even went to the net a few times and paid the price.
While his game definitely needs to make some major strides in its maturation, his public attitude about the situation proves he’s learning fast how to be a pro off the ice.