Posted by: kristagolden | July 8, 2011

Man of the Day 7/8: Tyler Seguin

Tyler Seguin

Born January 31, 1992 (age 19) in Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Center for the Boston Bruins

At an age when most are either working or in college, Tyler’s accomplished the unbelievable.

After working his way up through the minors and midget leagues, he was the 9th overall pick in the 2008 OHL Draft by the Plymouth Whalers. Actually, he almost went the collegiate hockey route but chose the OHL instead. Good move, because even though he struggled at first, a coaching switch was all it took for him to score 58 points in the last 41 games of the 2008-09 season and get the Whalers as far as the second round of postseason play.

Tyler spent the summer practicing and was poised to have a great season in 2009 till a hip pointer stopped that. But scouts were already salivating over him, and he ended up as the second overall pick in the 2010 Entry Draft behind Taylor Hall. The Bruins snatched him up and signed him to an entry-level contract that August.

Look, Mom! I'm flying!

Here’s an interesting tidbit: he was a healthy scratch for the first two rounds of the playoffs against Montreal and Philadelphia, but he was put into action against the Tampa Bay Lightning . He got a goal and an assist that first game, and he eventually became the first teen in 22 years to score four points in a playoff game.

I don’t think he’ll ever forget what happened on June 15, 2011. In fact, I think it’s tattooed on his body.

Fun fact: Tyler’s first goal came the day after his NHL debut. It came at the expense of Ilya Bryzgalov (then with the Coyotes), and the teammates credited with assists were Michael Ryder…and Bruins goalie Tim Thomas!

Like Luca Caputi, Tyler’s on Twitter, which is typical for a 19 year old. Not so typical for a 19 year old:  he has an awesome rap in his honor. After the incredible rookie season he’s had, it’s easy to forget that he’s so young.

And then there are times when your brain think this is underage, and you have to reassure it that it's not.

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