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How bright will Tyler Seguin shine?

Playoffs have put him in the company of Lemieux and Gretzky, but can he keep it up?

Originally Published: May 23, 2011
By Neil Greenberg | Special to ESPN Insider
Tyler SeguinAP Photo/Elise AmendolaTyler Seguin's projections put him in some good company.

What's next for Tyler Seguin?

After sitting in the press box for the first two rounds of the postseason, it took the 19-year-old Seguin only four periods to show the hockey world that he is ready for the big stage.

Seguin was selected second overall last summer, with a draft pick acquired from Toronto in exchange for Phil Kessel, and jumped straight from junior hockey to the NHL. Seguin tallied just 22 points during 74 regular-season games. But after Patrice Bergeron suffered a concussion during the Bruins' clinching Game 4 win over the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Seguin finally got his chance and wasted no time showcasing his elite skill.

His two-goal, two-assist second period in Game 2 tied the NHL playoff record of four points in a single period; the feat has also been accomplished by hockey greats Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky. But Seguin is the first teenager to put up four points in one period in the playoffs.

So are we witnessing the birth of another NHL star? Or should we temper our expectations for the youngster? A few comparisons can give us a better idea of how Seguin projects in his sophomore season and beyond.


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Neil Greenberg is ESPN Insider's NHL analytics expert. His columns have appeared on the Washington Post website, and he is a regular guest on Sirius XM NHL Radio.