posted at 2/13/2013 12:34 PM EST
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
I've written this before, but I'll do it again because I think it's part of what BadHab is getting at. Seguin keeps flying in on the forecheck and intercepting that little set up pass teams use when there's only one guy coming in. You almost never see someone make that play but Seguin's been doing it regularly. Key word is intercepting. He's not taking the body to steal the puck; he's just out-skating that old saw that you can't skate as fast as the puck moves.
The problem is that he then panics and just chucks the puck into space. Same thing in a number of areas of his game - when he has time or space, he doesn't seem to take it, or when he does, he makes the wrong decision. That suggests the confidence/trying to hard explanation has some merit.
Stamkos simplifies his life by being a sniper more than a distributor. He knows what he wants to do when he gets the chance. Seguin might benefit from more of a "put your head down and rip it" approach - especially on the PP - until the puck starts going in for him.
Yes, and good point about panic mode. And about time and space I think he is improving in that area.
My prediction is that he is going to start putting these pieces together relatively quickly.
Every year of Tyler's NHL career thus far we've seen a much improved player from the beginning of the season to the end.
The issues we've seen aren't lack of skills but lack of judgement, experience and confidence. IMO these things are easier to acquire with the right work ethic and attitude over skill and speed. Lookit Kessel. He's exactly the same player he was when the Bruins traded him. Plus he's the only "proven 40 goal scorer" never to have scored 40 goals.