Saturday, November 9, 2013
Former teammates Kane, Seguin reunite
By Todd Wills
DALLAS -- Tyler Seguin had one of his biggest fans opposing him Saturday night when the Dallas Stars faced off against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Try the reigning Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane, who led the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks into American Airlines Center, where he was reunited with Seguin, who is emerging in his first season with the Stars.
Kane and Seguin were teammates during last season's NHL lockout, playing together in Switzerland for EHC Biel. Kane took great appreciation for Seguin's game, so he's not surprised that the 21-year-old -- acquired by Dallas in a blockbuster offseason trade -- has 15 points in 16 games to lead the Stars along with captain Jamie Benn.
“[Tyler's] a great player,” Kane said after Saturday's morning skate at the AAC. “When you play with him, he has every tool in the book as far as skill-wise. When I played with him, I thought he was the best player I ever played with over in Switzerland. It shows what he can do. He has tremendous speed. He has a great shot. He can play the game very well offensively, and he’s very smart too. I’m happy for him that he’s gotten off to this start.”
Seguin draws comparisons to Kane because both were high draft picks -- Kane first overall in 2007 and Seguin second overall by Boston in 2010 -- and because both have reputations for having a little too much fun at times.
The Bruins dealt a potential superstar in Seguin because of those concerns. Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said at the NHL draft that Seguin had to become more of a professional, then dealt him weeks later.
Kane said he gets what Seguin is going through, growing up and maturing while playing in the NHL. Kane is already in his seventh season at age 24. Seguin is in his fourth season.
“He’s still a young kid," Kane said. "I was surprised Boston gave up on him that quick, especially after a couple of years in the league. He’s a high draft pick. He had some good years in Boston. He won a Stanley Cup there and made it to the finals last year. You’re never quite sure what goes on.
"For him, I’m happy that he’s happy here and he’s off to a good start. Hopefully he’ll continue that.”