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Seguin surprised by level of talent in Swiss League

Nov 29, 2012, 10:14 PM EDT

Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin AP

Tyler Seguin admitted that he wasn’t sure what to expect when he made the decision to sign with EHC Biel of the Swiss-A League. 21 games later, he gave the league glowing reviews.

“The league is very competitive — the speed and the talent level of the players has surprised me,” Seguin told the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper, according to CSNNE. “The league is very competitive — the speed and the talent level of the players has surprised me. It took me some time and effort to get used to it.”

After that transition period, Seguin caught fire and now has 20 goals and 32 points in 21 contests. That’s more goals than any other NHL player in the Swiss League, which is a list that includes Patrice Bergeron, Rick Nash, John Tavares, Logan Couture, Jason Spezza, and Joe Thornton.

“Scoring goals is never easy; I didn’t do very well at the beginning,” Seguin said. “Now I just hope to continue playing well like I have been lately.”

Seguin is also helping Biel kill penalties, which is something that he that he was almost never asked to do as a member of the Boston Bruins.

Obviously, no one is suggesting that he would have put up identical numbers with the Boston Bruins, but it certainly would have been great to see how he would have performed if it wasn’t for the lockout. Seguin took a giant leap forward last season with 29 goals and 67 points in 81 games.

2012-13 would have been his third full NHL season and Bruins fans might have watched Seguin establish himself among the NHL elite.

Of course, the season isn’t entirely lost yet. If the lockout ends in the not too distant future, Seguin will get a chance to return to Boston and try to help the Bruins win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years.

  1. jessejames182 - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Shut up Seguin I’m trying to watch the NBA.

    • eyeh8goodell - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      Why in the hell would anybody watch the NBA? Just a bunch of guys jogging back and forth and 1/2-3/4 speed tops throwing a ball at a hoop. Little hamstring tweak and they sit 10 games. Hang nail and they sit 5 games.

  2. hockinj25 - Nov 30, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    You know who has more points than him (and everybody else in the league)? Damien Brunner, the steal of free agency this summer. Just Ken Holland and his staff working their magic again.

    • budzo83 - Nov 30, 2012 at 7:10 AM

      I know, right? And they totally shored up their defense when they signed Justin Schultz! Oh, wait…

  3. rainyday56 - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    EV Zug handed NYR their @$$*$ last preseason. Watch the youtube and tell me which team had major league skaters.

  4. zetaone - Nov 30, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    I think a lot of people forget he was the #2 pick overall a few years ago. He’s got talent, and barring injury, the kid will be a 30+ goal scorer in whatever league he’s in.

    • elvispocomo - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      I still think he should have gone #1.

  5. tfaltin - Nov 30, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    See that, Jeremy Jacobs? Maybe you should end the lockout and let this budding star light some lamps and make you some money.

  6. delsj - Nov 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    “The league is very competitive — the speed and the talent level of the players has surprised me,” says the pompous spoiled NHLer who thinks any other league is inferior & should fall down and kiss their feet if they want to play for them.

  7. supercoop8 - Nov 30, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Or maybe it is a case of a young Canadian kid unfamiliar to European hockey, very adorable how dramatic you are though.

    • supercoop8 - Nov 30, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      @delsj

  8. ballistictrajectory - Nov 30, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    I’ll bet he was surprised by the level of talent in the NHL, too.

  9. fortwaynekomets - Nov 30, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    these leagues need to get TV DEALS IN AMERICA SO WE CAN WATCH.

    I’m just trying to help other hockey fans though, personally,

  10. fortwaynekomets - Nov 30, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    I watch hockey every day on America One Sports online. college, CHL, ECHL… you name it. best thing ever during an NHL lockout!

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