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Bruins phenom Tyler Seguin won’t play for Canada in World Juniors

Dec 4, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

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The curious thing that happens when you’ve got a starting player on your roster old enough to be a member of the World Junior Championships team is that once December rolls around, you have to start wondering if it’s in your best interests to have that young player head out to participate in them.

In the case of Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin, the choice was easy for Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli whether or not to send him to Buffalo for this year’s tournament. Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe gets the scoop.

Tyler Seguin came home here to Toronto this weekend for the first time in his NHL career. He dined at home Friday night with his family, visited with some childhood pals, then was back at the club’s downtown hotel in time for curfew.

Turns out, coming home for Seguin also came with the news that Boston wants him to stay home for the holidays–at least home on the Bruins roster. Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli has informed the speedy rookie that the club will not release him to play for Team Canada in the upcoming World Junior Champsionship that will be played in Buffalo.

Seguin’s riding high now with the Bruins with Marc Savard back in the lineup. Seguin is teamed up with Savard and Michael Ryder on a line and for an 18 year-old rookie, that’s not a bad deal. Seguin wasn’t part of last year’s Canadian team that won silver in the World Junior Championships. Getting a chance to help Canada regain the gold would’ve likely been a nice thing for Seguin to do, but helping the Bruins stay hot and win games is more important to the team right now.

The Bruins can’t afford to have less offensive potential in their lineup and taking Seguin away soon after getting paired up with Savard and helping Seguin get a chance to break out a little more having a great set-up man in Savard with him makes sense. Seguin would, clearly, be amongst the best players Team Canada would have if he were playing for them in the WJCs, but for now they’ll have to figure out who else they can slot in.

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