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Now it's for Real

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Wilmington, MA -- Now it's for real.

Seguin (right) with linemates Knight and Arniel. Full gallery, here.
Those were the sentiments of the players within the rookies' dressing room at Ristuccia Arena and it was also the sentiment of the B's best known freshman -- Tyler Seguin.

Seguin, drafted second overall by Boston in this past summer's NHL Entry Draft, said that he was excited that official preparations for the 2010 - 11 were finally underway.

"I just know everything is finally here and this is where all the big impressions are made," said Seguin to a crowd of reporters in the B's locker room in Wilmington's Ristuccia Arena. "So it's nice to be out there and be able to show my stuff."

The time for bonding is over and now every player is competing for the few spots remaining on both the AHL and NHL rosters. However, Seguin said that he isn't focused on the shift to shift competition for a place on the roster.

"I think really everyone handles it their own way," said Seguin. "My way is I don't really think about it like that.

"I don't think about it too much at all really.

"I just know in the back of my head that if I go out there and I work my hardest then things usually go my way and I think in the end that's all I can really do."

Summer went fast for Seguin, who said that he was actually able to fit in some R&R between the NHL Scouting Combine, Entry Draft, Boston Bruins Development Camp, World Junior Camp and the B's official training camp.

"Yeah I went to the World Junior camp in Newfoundland, I've never been so far out there in Canada," said Seguin of his travels. "After that, I took a week off just to myself really and went fishing.

"I had down time. I just got to work on my game, focus work on working out every day and on the ice.

"And then the week before [traveling to] Boston I actually did my own little mini training camp both on and off the ice trying to gear up for this week and next week."

Now, in the thick of it, his mindset is simple.

"Just have fun, but obviously leave everything out there," said Tyler. "Work my hardest, just try to make an impression and try to earn a spot on this roster."

Seguin said he had picked the brains of established NHL players and had gotten plenty of advice on the best way to make the roster.

"We'd go work out in the mornings and then we'd all go to lunch and breakfast together and then go on the ice," said the forward. "So I got a lot of time to ask little questions, what to expect with little things and...maybe a little bit more."

Seguin said he welcomes the return to official competition.

"Yeah of course. I mean any time you're going into an environment where there are top players you want to go up there and see how you do against them and see where you're at and keep moving forward from there."
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