Boston, MA --
On Friday, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron
spoke about some of the younger players vying for spots as forwards on the Boston roster.
|Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron skates with the puck during training camp in Boston, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) |
Bergeron said he is happy with the young talent and, as a veteran, wants to help them continue to grow and improve as NHLers.
When asked about Tyler Seguin
specifically -- the NHL's second overall draft pick in 2010, who could share Bergeron’s position at center but should play wing tonight -- Patrice said he’s impressed with Tyler’s hockey sense.
“He’s a humble kid and a smart kid," said Bergeron. "So [Tyler and the other young Bruins] just got to have fun with it and try to learn as much as you can in every practice and in games.
“I told him to...just to do whatever he’s been doing, because he’s doing it well and that’s what brought him here,” added Bergeron.
Bergeron explained that the learning curve hasn't been very steep for Seguin.
“He’s improving every time he steps on the ice and if he needs help, obviously, I’m always there,” Bergeron continued.
Bergeron skated on a line with Seguin and future hall-of-famer Mark Recchi earlier in camp and that line could be reunited this evening.
“[Mark Recchi] is still so fast that he keeps up with all of us," said Bergeron. "And Tyler is ahead of his time.”
When asked about fellow Quebec native Jordan Caron
, Bergeron said that he hadn't met the rookie until Caron was drafted to the Bruins during the first round of the 2009 NHL draft.
Patrice talked about how hard it can be for young players to get acclimated to a new language and culture while starting their professional careers.
“I remember those days," said Bergeron. "I remember the first year I came to Boston and learning a new language is always tough."
Bergeron said he wants to be there to help out the young French-speaking forward -- not that he needs it right now.
“He’s handling everything pretty well," said Bergeron. "But I guess it’s the same thing that I said for Tyler, you know, I’m always there for Jordan if he needs help.”
Bergeron also said he hoped to help out the Bruins faithful who attend tonight's game.
“We want to get ready for the season and play a good game in front of our fans," said Bergeron. "It’s been a while, and they deserve a good show”