BOSTON — After playing a personal playoff-high 14:53 of ice time in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay, Bruins forward Tyler Seguin has skated just a shade more — 15:07 — in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final combined.
As he’s done all season, however, the rookie took the high road this morning when asked if he’s requested more playing time.
“I don’t think so. I have the utmost respect for my coaches and the organization and the process that they want to put me through,” said the 19-year-old after the Bruins’ morning skate at TD Garden in preparation for tonight’s Game 3. “I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get where they want me to be.”
Seguin spoke about making the most of his ice time, regardless of how rarely he’s out there. So far, he has yet to fire a shot on goal through the Bruins’ two series-opening losses. He admitted that nerves got the better of him a little bit early on.
“I think the first game, obviously you’re pretty anxious and excited,” said Seguin, who could be a healthy scratch if the Bruins opt to get Shawn Thornton back in their lineup. “I definitely had some nerves there. And last game, I felt pretty excited, pretty good. We were right there, just one shot away from winning both games. Hopefully we can do that tonight.”
A year ago, Seguin was a top draft prospect visiting the Cup Final in Philadelphia. Tonight the NHL is hosting the top four prospects from this year’s draft and they’ll obviously be watching Seguin closely.
Seguin’s advice to them: have fun.
“It comes and goes so fast. I know the whole draft process, when I was doing it, felt like it was taking years after a few months,” said Seguin. “But it’s a lot of fun, especially when I look back at it.”
If he’s in the lineup tonight, Seguin should heed his own advice. A little fun and less tightness could allow him to impact this series with his skill set.