posted at 8/6/2010 5:29 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Savard
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Savard : I can suggest, but Master T will do the talking on the ice. Skillwise, Master T is ahead of Savard already at 18 years of age. The only thing Savard has on Master T is the experience and confidence of playing in the NHL. Master T will become comfortable very quickly.
Posted by Wheatskins[/QUOTE]
Mark Recchi, in talking about Seguin, said he was coming into a good situation in Boston because, though expectations are high for a #2 draft pick, he's not joining a bottom-feeding team. He's not expected to be The Man. He can take his time, adjust to life in the NHL, break in at an easier position. He doesn't have to carry this team. There won't be panic when he hits the inevitable rookie wall. If you dump Savard and install Seguin in his stead, you're expecting him to replace a guy who quarterbacks the PP, kills penalties and scores more than a point per game
Talent only takes you so far. Yeah, he's talented. He's also got to adjust to traveling all over North America, playing 82 games per year, facing opponents who have 10 years more experience and 50 more pounds and are ready to take his head off. He'll be embarrassed on the ice on more than one occassion. He'll have to adjust to moronic Bruins fans screaming "SEGUIN YOU S**K!" if he hits a dry spell.
Trading Savard in Seguin's rookie year would be the worst thing the Bruins could do to the kid. Not to mention it would be a stupid move for the Bruins, if they're serious about contending for a Stanley Cup. You don't win the Cup by trading your best offensive player and handing the keys over to a teenager and saying "here, kid, it's all yours." Not unless that kid is Wayne Gretzky. Seguin's a good player, but let's give him time before we start anointing him.