It's peak season for NHL trade rumors, with the 2013 draft just around the corner and free agency set to take center stage.
In the newest twist in what has been an already hectic start to the offseason, Boston Bruins youngster and one-time second overall pick Tyler Seguin seems to be on the trade block.
According to Bob Mckenzie of TSN, the team could be looking to deal the 21-year-old this offseason:
Not 100 per cent yet but looks like Nathan Horton will NOT be back with BOS. B's talking trade and Tyler Seguin's name has been discussed.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2013
Renaud Lavoie of RDS also believes that Seguin could be available this summer:
Bruins are really active right now. Tyler Seguin is one of the players that could be traded. Lightning is one of many teams in the mix.— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) June 29, 2013
While it would surely take an overwhelming offer for the Bruins to move one of their top young players, the mere fact that his name is being discussed on the trade market is a telling sign.
Seguin has been under intense scrutiny since the day he was drafted in 2010 as a result of the trade that sent Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Long has the Toronto media—famous for being persistent and unrelenting—held him up beside Kessel to see which team has come out on top from one of the most controversial and talked about trades in recent memory.
Seguin—who hails from a Toronto suburb himself—seemed to be living up to expectations for the Bruins, as he was part of their 2010-11 championship run, tallying seven points in 13 playoff appearances.
The phenom then proceeded to net 29 goals and add 38 assists for 67 points in his sophomore season, tacking on a player rating of plus-34.He seemingly cemented his status as a fixture in Boston and the team's future.
His 2013 season, however, painted a different picture.
While his 32 regular-season points were respectable (though extrapolated over 82 games, that number would come out to 55 points, a substantial decline from last season's total), his playoff performance was downright pitiful.
Seguin managed to score just one goal in 22 playoff games and had just eight points.
Over his first three NHL seasons, his regular season point-per-game average sits at just 0.6, which isn't anything special. Take, for example, Taylor Hall, who was selected with the No. 1 pick that year (though there was much debate as to who the Edmonton Oilers would select between Hall and Seguin). His point-per-game total through three years sits at 0.85.
For two prospects who were so close in their draft class, that seems to be a fairly wide gap.
Granted, Seguin doesn't play first-line minutes like Hall and has a more defensive-minded approach, but 0.25 points-per-game (which comes out to over 20 points in an 82-game season) is still a surprisingly wide margin.
Should Bruins fans expect Seguin to be dealt this offseason? Probably not. Is it absurd that he's even on the market, though? Given his play in 2013, absolutely not.
Trading him right now would probably be unwise, as the team would be selling low.
Though at this point, there is nothing wrong with Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli at least shopping the talented young gun and putting him on notice that he is in no way untouchable.
At the right price, a move could be made.
I suspect, however, this is more of a warning shot fired at Seguin and his agent.
All statistics courtesy of hockeydb.com