BOSTON -- Tyler Seguin
had just been informed about his First Star selection by the NHL (for the week of Nov. 7-13), Boston Bruins second year forward smiled widely into the cameras that surrounded his stall in the Black & Gold locker room.
"I just heard it too," said Seguin on Monday. "Obviously, it’s never happened to me before.
"I’m feeling pretty good about it."
Obviously, the Bruins are feeling pretty good about Seguin.
"It’s great," said Head Coach Claude Julien after practice on Monday. "It’s deserving and he’s had a tremendous start to the season and even now I see him getting better and better, which is even more encouraging.
"His confidence is growing and as I mentioned after the game against Buffalo, his battle level along the boards to get those pucks...is so much better now and that’s all due to confidence, it’s all due to experience and right now he’s feeling really good about himself.
"He’s just kind of starting to showcase what he’s all about."
Seguin was asked what was the major difference between his rookie and sophomore seasons.
"It’s hard to really put it on one thing," said Seguin. "It’s just more about everything and being able to find the areas a bit bette -- a bit easier -- and being able to be on top of battles and knowing what to expect.
"Working on that all summer I think has really helped me out."
Working on a line with Patrice Bergeron
and Brad Marchand
hasn't hurt, either.
"Absolutely. Really this Star of the Week thing -- it’s good -- but you could have given it to many guys on our team.
"It’s been a whole team effort so far and obviously my linemates; I got a bit lucky last game in both my goals, I didn’t do too much on them, I really was just in the right spot and receiving great passes."
Maybe, but Seguin was in the right spot at the right time, as well. And Coach Julien believes that hard work and experience is allowing Tyler to show exactly what he can do in the NHL.
"Well [it's] instinct — he’s learned it last year and he had to learn that part of it and when you have to think about it, it certainly takes a part of your game away," said Julien. "Right now I think it’s more about after a year, instinctively he’s making the right decisions and he’s going about his business, but he’s also playing the game at both ends of the ice and he’s a real good player for us."