Just as the Bruins hoped, added playing time and responsibility combined with Tyler Seguin’s natural-born talents to create an offensive force in the forward’s second NHL season.
With 67 points, Seguin became the youngest player in Bruins history to lead to the team in scoring. He scraped close to the 30-goal mark with 29, and posted an astounding plus-34 rating.
Seguin, who turned just 20 during the season, had his missteps. There was the missed meeting in Winnipeg and a couple dry patches offensively. It took him a while to show he could handle being a focal point in a playoff series, one year after he was Boston’s secret weapon.
All told, the Bruins couldn’t have asked much more for Seguin in terms of producing and developing in what could almost be called his rookie season on the ice after he was seldom used in his first NHL year. Now the Bruins have to hope Seguin keeps his development moving forward and doesn’t rest on his laurels.
Regular season: 81 GP, 29-38-67, plus-34
Playoffs: 7 GP, 2-1-3, plus-3
Contract status: Signed through 2012-13 at a cap hit of $3,550,000 million
Regular season recap
Highlight: There was no better place for Seguin to record his first NHL hat trick than Toronto, his hometown, and against the team that would’ve drafted him had the Maple Leafs not traded their pick to Boston for Phil Kessel. Seguin was plus-3 and scored his three goals on his only three shots in a 7-0 rout of the Leafs Nov. 5.
Lowlight: Nothing more embarrassing happened to Seguin in 2011-12 than missing his alarm clock in Winnipeg and costing himself a one-game healthy scratch. That was the only game he missed all season, and the Bruins lost that Dec. 6 game, 2-1.
Playoff recap: It took Seguin until Game 6 of the Washington series to score a point. He notched an assist and then the season-saving overtime goal that forced Game 7.
Grade: A-minus. In many ways, Seguin is still growing up on and off the ice. He blossomed as an NHL sophomore and now must make sure he doesn’t let success go to his head.
Carnac predicts … Seguin surpasses 30 goals and is part of an improved Boston power play next season, while he continues to show signs he can be a solid two-way player and not just a goal-scorer.