With only a week left before the 2013-2014 season is in full-swing, we’re taking a look at this season’s roster and projection which individuals will shine, who’s likely to surprise you, and who’s likely to see plenty of time on the bench. Keep up with us this week as we work backwards through the roster and let us know if you agree with our predictions.
He’s young, he’s talented and he has spent his entire career thus far with a team that consistently put him on post-season ice. There’s no reason to believe this young, up-and-coming Star will be one of the team’s brightest spots on the ice this season.
Tyler Seguin’s abilities have not gone unnoticed by fans around the league, and love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny the kid has a lot to offer this struggling, revamped Dallas Stars team. Last season he put up 32 points for the Bruins, off 16 goals and 16 assists. This preseason alone, Seguin leads the team in points and assists with five and four, and trails the team’s leading goal-scorers by a single goal.
Much of the doubt surrounding Seguin revolves around his off-ice activities, and Boston fans aren’t hesitant to share his immature, often inexcusable behavior around town. But ever since falling into Twitter trouble just days after the blockbuster trade that sent him to Dallas, Seguin has worked hard to clean up his reputation both on and off the ice. His new team members seem to hold the 21-year-old in very high regard, and his positioning with Jamie Benn is sure to turn heads.
So what do I see for Tyler Seguin this year?
I see Seguin leading the team in assists, as long as he and winger Jamie Benn develop some much-needed chemistry, and I see him holding his own in the team’s goal-scoring. With Benn and Ray Whitney holding the top goal-scoring spots of players remaining from last season’s, it’s not hard to imagine Seguin will be pushing himself to find a spot among them. Seguin also expressed a desire to take on some leadership within the team, and his performance both on and off the ice this season will determine if he’s really ready for that responsibility. I expect he’ll impress even the loudest Seguin naysayers.