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Dallas’ X-Factor: Tyler Seguin

Aug 17, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

Tyler Seguin, Shawn Horcoff AP

Perhaps the biggest move of the summer came when the Dallas Stars acquired young star Tyler Seguin from the Boston Bruins in a blockbuster seven-player deal. While there were other players of varying kinds, the one that brings the most questions is Seguin.

Seguin’s time in Boston ended in controversy as Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli talked at length about his need to essentially grow up. That was followed by quotes from Seguin’s mother saying the Bruins made up stories and rumors of Seguin being under watch during the playoffs to make sure he didn’t wind up partying to all hours.

After all that drama, he finds himself in Dallas and with an opportunity to prove to the Bruins they gave up too quickly on a 21-year-old kid who may have been taking advantage of his celebrity. The question here is: Will that happen? If it does, the Stars could reap the benefits for years to come.

Check out what Seguin did in his first three NHL seasons after being the second overall pick in the 2010 draft.

2010-11:  74 GP  11 G  11 A  12:13 ATOI (average time on ice)
2011-12:  81 GP  29 G  38 A 16:56 ATOI
2012-13:  48 GP  16 G  16 A 17:01 ATOI

His production last season put him on pace for similar numbers to his 11-12 season and with offense being at a premium in Dallas, that’s huge. The 67 points he had that season would’ve put him second on Dallas behind Jamie Benn‘s 71. Heck, his 32 points last season would’ve been good enough for second on the team as well.

Obviously coming to Dallas puts him in a new system with new focus on what to do, but it’s hard to think that Seguin’s off-ice “issues” would be enough to derail what he’s shown he could do. Stars GM Jim Nill has confidence in Seguin and that along with Lindy Ruff’s support might be all he needs.

  1. supercoop8 - Aug 17, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Watching him play for the Bruins for the past few years there have been moments, flashes, streaks of brilliance that are convincing that he will light it up this year. Playing outside of Julien’s defense first system will also provide a bump i.e. Ryder, Wheeler, Kessel. Finally playing center, with Benn on wing, in a situation where he is allowed to skate the zone more freely well there’s not enough Pabst in Dallas to drown the season he should have; even with a shenanigan chock life style he should pot over 35 goals.

  2. girouxed - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Smart trade IMO. I’d bet this wont come back to bite the bruins

  3. footballchamp - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    It’s what, his fourth year? This guy needs to become what everyone has said he can become. Hopefully he puts his immature ways behind him and fulfills his potential.

    A change of scenery might help. My only concern is that Dallas is filled with beautiful ladies. Most young men would have difficulty. Ha.

    • supercoop8 - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      The kid is only 21 he barely missed a 30 goal 70 point season two years ago, had a productive regular season last year, has won a Stanley Cup, and played in an all star game. He is developing fine.

      • spitfisher - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        A kid is not 21, a kid is not some multimillionaire, nor does he sign a multi year multimillion dollar contract, a 21 year old is an adult, give up on the reasoning behind his decisions and actions.

        This kid of yours has been spoon fed, welcome to the real world Mr Sequin, see you in ten years on your 5th team.

        Hopefully he will see the light and have better handlers in texas, doubt it though.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Patrick Kane had some growing up to do. He was very focused this year.

  5. jennettalia - Aug 17, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    I’d really call Nichushkin more of an X factor.

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