Before the NHL Draft comes upon us next month and the Buffalo Sabres make the first-ever No. 2 pick in franchise history, let’s go back to the 2010 draft. It was Taylor vs. Tyler, and after the Edmonton Oilers selected Taylor Hall with the top pick, the Boston Bruins selected Tyler Seguin with the second-overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Prior to being drafted, Seguin was playing with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers. He had come off an outstanding 106-point campaign during the 2009-10 season, scoring 48 goals and adding 58 assists in 63 regular season games. Seguin also had 10 points (5-5) in nine playoff games with Plymouth.
That would be the end of his OHL career, as Seguin would make the Boston Bruins out of training camp that fall.
His NHL career would start on a unique note — in Prague, Czech Republic as part of the NHL Compuware Series. The Bruins played the Phoenix Coyotes as Seguin made his NHL debut on October 9, 2010. He scored his first NHL goal the following day, also against the Coyotes in Prague. How many guys can say they got their first NHL goal in the Czech Republic?
I’ll tell you this for sure – Seguin was the first to do that.
Overall, Seguin’s rookie season would be okay, but not spectacular. He had 11 goals and as many assists for 22 points in 74 regular season games, then had seven points in 13 playoff games.
His sophomore season would be much more productive, as Seguin put up 67 points in 81 games. That included 29 goals and 38 assists, before Seguin added three points in seven playoff games.
Seguin also had 32 points (16-16) in 48 regular season games with the Bruins in 2012-13, adding eight points in the playoffs. That would be the end of his career in Boston, as the Bruins traded him to the Dallas Stars in July 2013, reportedly as a result of off-ice behavior that added up and led to the trade.
This past season with the Stars, Seguin had the best season of his young NHL career, statistically. He averaged over a point-per-game in the regular season, notching a total of 84 points in 80 games. Seguin also put up career-highs in goals (37) and assists (47) and had eight game-winning goals.
As Seguin seemingly hits his stride with the Stars and prepares for next season, who will the Buffalo Sabres select with their second-overall pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft?