Re: Julien -- "Seguin needs to play with confidence"
posted at 3/18/2011 1:14 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Julien -- "Seguin needs to play with confidence"
[QUOTE]I'm curious how anyone could doubt Seguin's potential to be better than Kessel. He's out-produced Kessel's rookie year and looks significantly less lost than Kessel did as a rook, he's thrown more hits since January than Kessel ever did as a Bruin (3), he's as fast or faster than Kessel, he shoots as well as Kessel or better, he's shown a better variety of jukes and dangles than Kessel, and he seems to be smarter and more emotionally stable than Kessel. I say that without making any comment at all on Kessel, who is what he is.
Posted by Bookboy007[/QUOTE]
I'm not questioning Seguin's potential. He was, after all a 2nd overall pick. And, I don't really get into the Kessel debate on this forum anymore, it's been discussed to death and opinions aren't going to change from what I've read, regardless of whether you love the guy or hate the guy. I still see a lot of threads on Jumbo Joe, so I guess you guys wil continue to debate this to death.
Just a bit curious on the math.
He's out-produced Kessel's rookie year? He may very well do that with the remaining games, but I was a bit curious so I looked at the stats and Keseel had 11 goals and 18 assists (29 points in 70 games) and Seguin has 11 goals and 11 assists (22 points in 63 games).
If ppg holds up, Kessel had .41, Seguin currently has .34.
From what I've seen of both players (arguably I seen a lot more of Kessel since I've watch all the Leaf games and only about 15 Bruin games); I would say that Seguin is a better 2-way player, he is as fast as Kessel (both players have great speed), both players have excellent shots (I think Kessel's snapshot is one of the best in the league, though, Seguin is not far behind).
I see a lot of comments on this forum regarding Kessel's emotional stability and hockey smarts. Where do you guys draw that observation from? Seems pretty stable to me and has made a lot of good plays both individually and passes to teammates. In fact, his playmaking skills are very under-rated. We don't have the talent pool that Boston has, but he's set up some really nice goals this year.
My sense is that Seguin will become (may be already) a better 2-way player then Kessel is today. He may become as good a scorer as Kessel, that remains to be seen. Kessel's biggest problem still is his inconsistency. He appears to be a streaky player, when he's on, he's deadly, when he's off he's not relevent.
Just wondering.....I tend to read most of your posts, BB, as you appear to be very knowledgeable of the game and definitely a die-hard Bruin fan.