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Less than two years ago, Tyler Seguin was in the shadows of his fellow Boston Bruins teammates. Playing alongside players like Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand can take away the spotlight, from any young guy who’s trying to find his place on a team full of long-time league veterans.
Fast forward to the 2014-2015 season, and Seguin has already got himself to the top of the league with 17 goals for the Dallas Stars. Not only that, but he’s only one point away from being tied with superstars Sidney Crosby and Jakub Voracek. Throughout the three years that Seguin played for the Bruins, he tallied only 56 goals. Throughout the one full year, and quarter-way through the current season, he’s put up 54 goals (39 in 2013-2014 Regular Season). A drastic statistic to show the true star-power that Seguin possesses.
So far, Tyler Seguin has already recorded two hat tricks in the regular season, and one in the pre-season. In 5 out of the 22 games that they have played so far, he has scored multiple goals. In only 8 games, he has gone pointless.
What is the difference between his time with the Bruins and time with the Stars? Well first of all, Seguin is an incredibly talented player. He plays fast, and he plays with skill. His skill needs to be used in the right ways, in order for his execution to be at it’s best. Competing for a spot at center against Bergeron, and others, who had more time playing in the league was a hopeless cause. When he was traded to Dallas, the opportunity to play at center meant that he would be playing in a spot that was more comfortable to the right-handed shooter.
Within his first year with Dallas, the team made an appearance in the playoffs for the first time since they lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 Western Conference Finals. They ended up loosing to the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference semi-finals, but was a statement to the league that the Stars were not a team to write off.
Having chemistry with his teammates has been one of the biggest causes for the success of the team. From the start of his first season in Dallas, a bond was evident between the new captain Jamie Benn and Seguin. The duo was a force to be reckoned with; playing on the same line and producing goals in a way that only few others can do (think Crosby and Malkin).
Overall, the success for Tyler Seguin has disproved any critics, and shown that it was not just a one-time thing. He’s proven himself to be one of the top offensive players in the league, right now, and the 22 year old is definitely a force to be reckoned with.