Brand new Boston forward Tyler Seguin
has earned himself a new Black & Gold jersey for the time being.
|Tyler Seguin, center, of Canada is the second overall pick by the Boston Bruins in the first round of the NHL National Hockey League draft at Staples Center in Los Angeles Friday, June 25, 2010. Persons at left and right are unidentifiable. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) |
Emblazoned with the number 10 for 2010, after being selected in the #2 slot, he wore it proudly while talking with the media. Later this year, he'll have to earn a real Bruins sweater, but those worries were far away on Friday.
A theme showed up in Seguin’s answers to BostonBruins.com's questions and he used the word "honor" several times as he explained his feelings about joining an "Original Six" organization.
“It means the world. I think just going to any organization in the first round is a big honor,” said Seguin.
“Going to an Original Six [team] and the town and market that Boston is in it’s a pretty big honor.”
He was almost bashful when asked to compare himself to an NHL player.
“I don’t like really comparing myself,” remarked Tyler. “I don’t think I’ve lived up to nearly as close as NHL players.”
What he did talk about was his childhood inspiration.
“My idol growing up was always Steve Yzerman," said Seguin. "[The way he] had to mature as a player and the way he conducted himself off the ice as well.”
Pre-draft, Seguin interviewed with NHL Hall of Famer and Bruins President Cam Neely as well as GM Peter Chiarelli during the NHL Combine and the B's visit to his home. The young prospect admitted he was a little nervous during the process.
“I think whenever you step into any NHL meeting...you’re a little star struck," he said. "I’ve dreamed of this moment and it’s a little surreal.
“After we had the first couple of meetings the combine was a little tough there. Their questions came at a pretty [quick]pace, but after that it’s just, ‘Hey how you doing.’
"You know, personality stuff, and now I think it will be a lot more calm.”
Seguin may be a lot calmer -- interview wise -- but this summer and fall he still has to prove himself to Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien in order to earn a spot on the Bruin’s lineup.
“I work out five times a week and I do the protein shakes," said Seguin. "I usually put on eight to ten pounds.
“I’m going to talk to the Bruins and see what they want me to work on so hopefully when the opportunity comes I could earn a spot.”