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Seguin focuses on first Bruins camp

by Mike G. Morreale
Less than a month after turning more than a few heads at the Boston Bruins Development Camp in Wilmington, Mass., Tyler Seguin was doing the same last week at Team Canada's junior development camp in Newfoundland.

Sure, he has impressed his teammates and coaches, but what else would you expect from the No. 2 pick in the NHL Entry Draft? Three days after inking a three-year, entry-level contract with the Bruins on his kitchen table in Brampton, Ont., Seguin discussed his future with during a break in the action at Canada's junior camp.

"It's nice knowing you don't have to worry about signing an NHL contract anymore and now it's just about focusing on and earning that spot and playing to make the (Bruins) roster," Seguin said.

The irony in all this is the fact Seguin was cut from the Canadian junior team that won a silver medal at the World Junior Championship in Saskatoon last winter. He most likely won't get the opportunity to represent his country this time around, either -- but not because he would again fail to earn a roster spot; rather, he's too busy channeling that energy into making the Bruins' roster out of training camp next month.

"I was 17 at Canadian camp last year and they told me they wanted a more experienced team and that kind of stuff," Seguin said. "I went there and worked hard and maybe I was thinking a little too much. At this (Canadian junior camp), I'm just trying to have a bit more fun with it."

Having the luxury of a professional contract in your pocket will do that for you.

While at Canadian camp, Seguin said he sensed the players and coaches are out to atone for last year's overtime loss to Team USA in the gold-medal game that ended a five-year championship run.

"I guess so," he said. "Canada's a pretty deep country, so there are a lot of new guys on the team who didn't get to play last season. Everyone was talking about what happened in the gold-medal game against the Americans and everyone wants to improve on that. We're doing those little things in this camp."

Seguin won't be eligible to play in the minors until 2012-13, so if he doesn't make the Bruins' roster in September, he'll return to his Ontario Hockey League club, the Plymouth Whalers, for a third season.

For now, he's just trying to make a good impression.

"Anytime you get an invite to a Canadian camp in any sort of way, it's a pretty good experience and a pretty big honor," he said. "I'm just coming in here and trying to play against the best and gearing up for Boston's main camp.

"I've been working pretty hard off the ice up until this camp, and now is the first step to get my legs going again and get back into hockey shape and not so much workout shape," he continued. "Then I need to continue that right through Bruins' main camp."

During a conference call to announce the signing of Seguin, Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli admitted that the 18-year-old forward would likely start his NHL career on the wing, a position he played during his first season in Plymouth (2008-09) before being moved to his natural position at center. Seguin produced 21 goals and 67 points in 61 games for Plymouth that first season.

The Bruins are relatively deep down the middle with David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard. That scenario would change, of course, if Chiarelli makes a deal that sends one of the returnees elsewhere.

If not, Seguin is ready for the move.

"I played right wing early in my career before playing center, but I'm really comfortable and confident in either position," he said. "I think being a centerman is being more of a responsible person, so I can understand why they'd want to put an 18-year-old coming in as a rookie on the wing because maybe there's a little less responsibility. In the end, you have to be responsible no matter where you play.

"I like playing wing, though," he continued. "I like letting the puck go behind me and I find I get more breakaways."

Seguin enjoyed his time at development camp last month and expects a similar setup for training camp.

"It was nice to get my feet wet and get that experience and get to wear a Bruins jersey," he said. "I think I'll know what to expect a little bit (at training camp), and I'm just going to work hard to earn that spot."

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