BostonBruins.com – The weeks leading up to the NHL Draft are both exciting and nerve-wracking for young players. Nearly two years after his rookie debut, Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin remembers his draft experience.
|Seguin with Bruins management staff at 2010 Draft
“Being around all those amazing hockey players and being honored enough to be a part of that and share the experience with all my family and all my close friends was obviously a day that I’m going to remember for the rest of my life,” Seguin said.
Despite his efforts to remain calm, Seguin was overcome with emotions.
“Whenever I go into those situations I always want to stay confident and try to show as much poise as I can and act like I’m mature,” he said. “But obviously deep down you’re still very nervous.”
The Bruins selected Seguin as the second overall pick in the 2010 draft. The early selection didn’t ease his nerves though.
“I’ll never forget right when I put on that jersey and put my arms around the management and scouts of the Bruins,” he said. “The first thing that Mr. Chiarelli said to me was, ‘Whoa you’re shaking are you nervous?’”
Once the then 18-year-old’s nerves subsided, he welcomed the challenge of playing in the NHL.
“I was just a kid stepping into a grown man's world knowing that if I wanted to make the team I had to play against men instead of boys,” Seguin said.
His first year in the league, Seguin and his teammates won the coveted Stanley Cup. He finished the regular season with 22 points, and earned 7 more in the playoffs. He never imaged he would find such success.
“Going into it I said I knew whatever happened was meant to be,” he said. “Obviously I wouldn’t take it back for the world.”