Re: Tyler Seguin Tracker
posted at 1/14/2014 10:39 AM EST
In response to BadHabitude's comment:
Streaky play, where have we seen that before?
I feel ashamed about Tyler Seguin. I made so many excuses for him. I thought I saw him trying to change his game around, but I was lying to myself and everyone on here who would listen.
I still think that this leopard will change his spots, I think with maturity, when he hits at or about 30 years old the maturity will kick in.
No, BadHab, there were signs that he was getting there. He really did want it against the Caps in that first round playoff loss. Busting his butt to get to the rebound on that game winner in game six, for example, in traffic. Nothing prettyboy about that. If he had stayed in Boston, I think the evolution would have continued. But Dallas wanted him to be what he's most comfortable being - a centre (who wins 40% of his draws - ugly), a speedy, slick scorer who could work with Benn and give them a real threat and a gate draw. He's been what they asked, maybe not what they need.
I do think there will come a time, depending on how things go in Dallas over the next few years under Nill, where frustration and memories of winning in Boston will motivate him to do things differently. A few years out of the playoffs, especially with good but not trophy-challenging stats, and he might start to feel a little hollow (I think he'll land on 75 points this year - only 8 more than his best season in Boston, which really puts paid to the old saw about how much more he'd score if he was "allowed" to play his natural position as a #1C).
The other thing that might do it is either an injury that blunts his speed or just age costing him a step. Then he'll be forced to evolve or he'll find his career taking a Gary Leeman turn quickly.