Is It Fair To Declare Tyler Seguin Washed?
The Dallas Stars are a really good hockey team. Well, let me rephrase. They should be a really good hockey team. They’re just in a really weird paradox where the players best known as franchise cornerstones are letting them down. Dallas is currently being carried by the Roope Hintz, Jason Robertson, and Joe Pavelski line. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn? Where do I go puke?
Seguin, 29, is paid handsomely and should be in the midst of his prime. However, Seguin has fallen off a cliff. He looks old, slow, and washed up. Is it fair to declare Seguin as washed or do we think the former second overall pick in 2010 can turn the corner? It’s hard to not be concerned that the best of Seguin is behind us.
Seguin hasn’t just been bad. He’s been almost unplayable and continues to receive 2nd line minutes. Seguin has just 13 points in 33 games this season. Want to hear a crazy stat? Jonathan Huberdeau has 14 points in his last six games. Obviously, an absurd tear that Huberdeau is on but it goes to illustrate how poor Seguin’s play has been.
Seguin’s shooting percentage of 11.4% is pretty in line with career averages. However, the current number of 47.7 isn’t ideal. I know, +/- isn’t a perfect stat but Seguin is -12 on the season while playing for a team 18-13-2 record. Seguin is still winning faceoffs at a 55% rate but the goal scoring prowess is not there at all.
One possible defense of Seguin is the fact that the guy didn’t have hip surgery too long ago. Seguin did suit up towards the end of last year but we’re still talking about a major injury. One that you never truly know if guys ever come back the same from.
The bad news is the hip isn’t a new injury. The Bruins have known about Seguin’s condition for a long time. The former Bruin suffers from congenital hip condition which makes him susceptible to that sort of injury. Maybe it’s a reason the Bruins traded him. Maybe it’s not. The fact remains that Seguin’s hip needs to be factored into here.
Dallas might have a real problem on their hands. It’s one thing that Jamie Benn is starting to tank. Seguin looks broken in his 20’s and he’s set to earn $9.85 million through the 2027 season. You can’t have two mega contracts tank at the same time and stay relevant.
Somehow, the Stars are doing just that. They’re getting good goalie play from Jake Oettinger and Braden Holtby. Jason Robertson is the hands down Calder winner if Kirill Kaprizoz doesn’t exist. Roope Hintz makes things happen. Old man Pavelski still got it. The defensive unit with John Klingberg and Miro Heiskanen is a solid group too.
I don’t know what’s going to happen here. Seguin was one of my favorite players on that 2011 Bruins Cup team. The guy looks like a shell of himself right now and it’s hard to feel great about his chances of looking young and spry again.