Sunday, April 18, 2010

Did We See Seguin At His Best In Round 2?

Many Oilers fans are pointing to Tyler Seguin's pointless 4 game series loss against Windsor as the moment that he proved that he was the clear cut #2 in this draft. So why did he get shut down? Too much pressure? Was Windsor just that good? Is Seguin just not that good? Well let me ask you this. What if I told you that he only had 12 points (6-6-12) in his last 10 regular season games? What if I told you that he only had 8 points (3-5-8) in his last 8 regular season games and that he was pointless in 4 of his last 8 regular season games? 42-52-94 through 53 games and only 12 points in his last 10 games and 8 in his last 8 games?

Now I know this is going to piss a lot of people off, but it sure seems like to me that the kid was either burned out from playing too much (it happens (see Parise, Zach) among others when he was younger). Or he was hurt, or both. This is why it's important to watch players a number of games over different points of a season. IMO the Seguin that we saw in the Windsor series was not the one that was ripping up the league a month or two earlier. Plymouth and Windsor are a huge rivalry and Seguin put up points against them in the regular season, so unless you are to believe that once the playoffs hit Seguin turned into Joe Thornton or the Spitfires turned into the Detroit Red Wings of a few seasons ago, something was going on.

While Seguin admitted on The Pipeline Show that he had a groin injury he made it a point to not use it as an excuse for his play. Maybe, just maybe the kid is a stand up guy that doesn't believe in making excuses? Maybe people should cut him a little slack and realize that this might be the guy that the Oilers pick come June before 1/2 the internet Oilers boards start looking for the highest roof to jump off of. All of this is speculation on my part, however maybe people should take other things into consideration other than Hall >>>>> Seguin.

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