MAYNARD, Mass. --
Stanley Cup champion Tyler Seguin
arrived in Wilmington on Friday and joined up with some of his fellow 2010 Development Campers, as well as the new B's crop from Dev Camp 2011, for some team-building paintball action.
"They just wanted me here to talk to the guys because I was kind of around their age, around the closest to their age, and just hang out with them and go through what they’re doing," said Seguin, the Bruins top pick in 2010 (second overall) who has a rookie posted a 11-11-22 line in 74 games for the Black & Gold.
"[There's] lot of returnees that I know," said Seguin. "And some new faces...come in with open eyes.
"[The Bruins wanted] to show that the Boston Bruins organization really is a big family and we’re definitely in winning spirits.
"And I wanted to show them the ropes," he said.
The varsity Bruins roster showed Seguin the ropes from the time Boston used their top pick on him last summer through his skate around the ice with the Stanley Cup and his teammates were rewarded with a 3-4-7 stat line during his 13 playoff games.
Seguin said he's ready to talk to his once and future teammates, but hasn't had much of a chance to chat just yet.
"I’ve only been here for, you know, a couple of hours, so no chance yet," he said. "But I’ll be here all weekend so I’m sure there’s going to be an opportunity to do so."
The consensus around the B's fifth annual midsummer skates has been that off the ice this year's Dev Camp has been a little more laid back than last season's military style boot camp, but Seguin said that no matter what program the Bruins use to create a comfort zone for the youngest Bruins, the weekend is very helpful.
"Well, it was definitely one of the toughest weeks I’ve ever been through, especially with all that running stuff we did," said Seguin of the B's use of The Program. "But it’s definitely good, it’s kind of a stepping stone.
"You get drafted, like some guys here, some guys in their first camp, and you kind of start predicting, you know, what the pro is like, the speed, what it’s like to be a professional, not only what we go through but also how we act and how we have to respect everything."
Seguin clearly has the respect of this year's crew of campers, but he admitted that Dev Camp 2010 seems like a long time ago.
"Honestly, it feels like it’s ten years ago," he said with a wry smile. "You know, now, it feels like, it’s been such a long year but I can definitely reflect and see where I’ve gotten and see the improvements.
"But I definitely know where I still want to go."
For now, however, Seguin knows he'll be going home -- with a certain Cup in tow.
"I haven’t had the Cup yet. I’ll have the Cup...mid-to-end summer, so definitely very excited for that," he said.