Boston Bruins rookie forward Tyler Seguin, the second pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, will be a healthy scratch on Wednesday night when the Bruins play host to the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden.
Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed the report to James Murphy of ESPNBoston.com following the team's practice. Seguin, who has 8 goals and 17 points in 51 games this season, has connected just once in his last 11 contests.
"I don't think we can overanalyze this, guys," Julien told Murphy. "We have to sit somebody out and I know who he is, I know where he was drafted and I know all that stuff. I think right now we've got (Jordan) Caron, who we feel is a good fit on that fourth line, and (Zach) Hamill is here to have a look at. Here's a guy who's a third-year pro and he needs to have a look, too. Right now that's the choice we've made."
"There's a lot on his plate right now and I think that's what people have to understand," he said. "I know he's lost a bit of his edge, and there have been times when he's lost the puck when he's a guy that should be able to hold onto it. And there are parts of his game that have slipped a little bit. But that doesn't change the outlook of what we think of him."
Seguin, who notched his first point in 10 games with a goal in a 6-3 victory over Dallas on Feb. 3, had been dropped to the fourth line in the shakeup caused by Hamill's arrival and Daniel Paille's four-game suspension for the hit on Dallas' Raymond Sawada.
"It's just a matter of I think it's a phase he's going through this year, and it's a lot different at this level than what he's been used to," Julien said. "And it's never a bad thing to watch, never a bad thing to get a rest at this time of year because we know that players do get tired after 50-plus games and the travel and everything that goes along (with it)."