LOS ANGELES –- The Boston Bruins have selected forward Tyler Seguin with the No. 2 overall pick at the NHL Entry Draft Friday at Staples Center.
Rated as the No. 1 ranked player by Central Scouting, the 18-year-old Seguin is listed at 6-foot-1, 172 pounds. A centerman by trade, he can also play the wing. He tied for the Ontario Hockey League regular-season lead with 106 points (48 goals) in 63 games.
“It feels amazing,” he said. “You can’t really describe it. It’s one of the best feelings I’ve had in my life.”
In the hours leading up to the draft, Chiarelli described Seguin’s tools.
“Speed. Creativity. Vision. I think his wrist shot is very underrated. He’s got size and he’s still growing,” Chiarelli said.
Chiarelli visited with Seguin and his family a few weeks ago and came away from the meeting with an even more positive outlook.
“It confirmed in my mind what I thought,” Chiarelli said. “Good family, good values. He’s very motivated and very ambitious. I can see that in his parents and that’s a good thing. They’re driven and you can see that in Tyler’s improvement. He’s improved from year to year. He’s a driven kid and he works hard off the ice. He works on conditioning and that’s so important especially when you’re a skilled player.”
Chiarelli, other GMs and NHL scouts have all said both Seguin and Hall are NHL-ready and could make an impact next season. There was some thought Seguin could return to juniors next season, but that’s unlikely.
“I think he’s pretty close, but he would have to make our team,” Chiarelli said.
You can bet Seguin will make the team.