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Ruff says Seguin has ‘handled the defensive stuff pretty well’

Jan 16, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT

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When Tyler Seguin was traded from Boston to Dallas, amid all the stories about his professionalism (or lack thereof), one of the more under-reported aspects was the Stars’ plan to shift him from the wing to center, which he called his “natural position.”

On the Bruins, there wasn’t the trust that Seguin, barely out of junior, could handle a center’s defensive responsibilities. And given David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron weren’t going anywhere, it made sense to move him to the wing.

With the Stars, however, Seguin has been a center right from the start, playing on the top line with winger Jamie Benn.

“I thought maybe there would’ve been some tougher struggles putting him back in the middle, but he handled the defensive stuff pretty well,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff told ESPN.com. “And then on the offensive side he’s been dynamic. He’s been a difference-maker most nights, one of the best shots I’ve seen — quickest, hardest — and he’s an elite skater.”

Still only 21, Seguin has plenty of learning to do. But with 42 points in 44 games, he’s more than holding his own offensively while playing a position that demands more than just natural ability.

  1. bildomatic - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I think one of the things the Bruins struggled with in Seguin’s development was patience. I mean he is still a young kid about to turn 22 and given the Bruins window to win a cup obviously it was difficult for them to be patient and bring him along. Especially considering the Bruins log jam at center, Seguin was never going to excel in black & gold and ultimately I think the trade should work out for both franchises as long as Eriksson keeps his head up and can stay healthy. Now that Dallas has given him the keys to the car and there seems to be a mutual respect and trust there I would think he should blossom playing down south and Dallas has a young squad that should get better over time.

    • dewzer - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Louie had his head down and got blown up again last night. Fortunately he seemed none the worse for it. Albeit a small sample size, Reilly Smith has kept this trade from being a runaway Stars victory to this point. We won’t truely know for a few years until we see how high Seguin’s star reaches and how prospects Fraser and Morrow turn out as well.

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