On the Fourth of July this past offseason, the Boston Bruins traded Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverly, and Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Matt Fraser, and Reilly Smith. The centerpieces of this deal were Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson, exchanging experience for a young player. Despite Seguin’s evident skill and high ceiling, Boston had had enough of his off-ice antics and decided that his maturity level wasn’t where it needed to be for him to be the face of their franchise. The trade was controversial at the time, and 5 months later, the controversy still remains, except now it is only in Boston.
Tyler Seguin had a reputation as a partier in Boston, and his maturity was often questioned, especially when he slept through a team breakfast in Winnipeg, resulting in him being benched for that game. Seguin appears to have turned a new leaf in Dallas, focusing solely on improving his game and his team while leaving his party days back in Bean Town. He is currently tied for 10th in league scoring with 27 points in 26 games, which is also good for 1st on team scoring in Dallas. The Bruin’s leading scorer, David Krejci, has appeared in three more games than Seguin has this year, and only has 24 points. Loui Eriksson hasn’t been able to adjust to his new team as well as Seguin has, posting only 5 goals and 14 points in 24 games this year, good for 7th on team scoring and 158th overall in the league. To put that in perspective, Dany Heatley has 6 goals this year while playing on Minnesota’s fourth line.
Tyler Seguin has 15 goals this year, tied for 6th league wide. Seguin has also had two hat tricks this year, including one four-goal game. If that’s not enough to impress you, Seguin also has 6 multi-point games and has scored goals in 8 games this year, and has posted points in 14. He’s also a +9, which is fairly impressive when you consider that his team is 21st in the league in goals against per game with 2.75. Loui Eriksson is only a +8 despite playing for the team with the fewest goals against per game as Boston is 1st in the league with 1.97.
Peter Chiarelli, Boston’s GM, wasn’t willing to wait for Seguin to mature, so he traded him. Being traded might have been just what Tyler Seguin needed to serve him as a wake-up call, or Seguin could’ve been ready to jump to the next level already, but was traded before he could prove it in Boston. The Bruins made a similar move a few years ago when the traded Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the draft picks that turned out to be Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton. Hamilton is the only player involved in the deal to stay in Boston, so I’d be watching my back if I were him.