The Bruins aren’t here to talk about the past. It’s all about the future, and it starts now.
The Bruins make their preseason debut tonight against the Canadiens in Montreal — their first game since the collapse against the Flyers last May — and that is where Tyler Seguin is expected to make his NHL debut.
The much-heralded No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft, the 18-year-old Seguin, who shares the playing style — and the No. 19 — of his childhood hero, Steve Yzerman, is expected to play wing with veterans Marc Recchi and Patrice Bergeron.
Coach Claude Julien did not specify when Seguin would make his debut — the Bruins also play the Florida Panthers tomorrow in Rochester — but speaking to the media after yesterday’s practice, Julien seemed to be leaning toward exposing Sequin to the bigger stage.
“I know you’re comparing Montreal, the Bell Centre, to Rochester, and it’s a totally different situation,” Julien said. “There is something to be said about playing in those situations and understanding what it does it for you as an individual. Anybody that’s played at the Bell Centre … will tell you they get shivers going on the ice and stuff like that. There is a special feeling in some of those rinks and that's maybe something we'll look at when we decide our roster.
“We’ll weigh that in.”
Seguin has seen time on the wing this preseason, as well has his natural center position. With both center Marc Savard and forward Marco Sturm out with injuries, Seguin could move back and forth along the front line.
“Putting somebody on that wing [with Bergeron and Recchi] that will give them more of an offensive punch would definitely be something that we want to look at,” Julien said.