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Tyler Seguin the first NHL’er to reach the 20-goal mark this season – SportsUntapped.com
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Added December 8th, 2014 by Ian

Tyler Seguin the first NHL’er to reach the 20-goal mark this season
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Center Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars has become the first NHL player to reach the 20-goal mark in the 2014/15 season. The 22-year-old from Brampton, Ontario scored twice against the Montreal Canadiens in the Stars’ 4-1 win on D ecember 6 to give him 21 on the season. Seguin finished the game as the NHL’s leading scorer with 35 points as he has 14 assists to go along with his goal tally. He’s played in 27 games so far this season and is on pace to score 63 goals and 42 assists for 105 points this campaign.

Seguin has 16 even-strength goals with the other five coming on the power play. He’s also scored 13 times in 15 home games and has the other eight in 12 road contests. Four of the goals have been game winners and one of them has been scored in an empty net. Oddly enough, Seguin is 0 for 1 in the shootout this season. The closes players to Seguin in the goalscoring department are Vladamir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues and the New York Rangers’ Rick Nash, who both have 17 on the season.

The Stars traded for Seguin during the summer of 2013 even though he allegedly has off-ice problems. He was acquired with centre Rich Peverley in exchange for Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith. Seguin played in 80 games with Dallas last year and led the team in scoring with 37 goals and 47 assists for 84 points. He also had a goal and two assists in three postseason outings.
The Boston Bruins originally selected Seguin with the second-overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Bruins acquired the draft pick in a trade which sent right-winger Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Seguin scored 11 goals and 11 assists in 74 games as a rookie and then upped the ante to 29 goals and 38 assists for 67 points in 81 games in his sophomore term. He played in all 48 games in the shortened 2012/13 season and racked up 16 goals and 16 assists.

While Seguin produced in the regular seasons, Bruins’ general manager Peter Chiarelli wasn’t too happy with his production in the playoffs. Seguin appeared in 42 postseason encounters with Boston in three seasons and scored just six goals and 12 assists for 18 points. When the GM heard all of the rumours concerning his off-ice activity he pulled the trigger on the deal with the Stars.

Even if Seguin is a bit of a party animal is definitely doesn’t seem to have a negative effect on his play during the regular seasons. He may not produce the same way in the postseason, but he won a Stanley Cup with Boston while he was there. In addition, Brad Marchand is the Bruins top goalscorer so far this year with just eight to his name. Smith is second with six and Eriksson has just four. When you add all three of their totals up Smith, Eriksson and Marchand have 18 goals between them. Chiarelli will definitely feel the heat for years to come on the Seguin for Smith and Eriksson deal.

 
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