posted at 7/1/2013 10:18 AM EDT
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
In response to Crowls2424's comment:
Perhaps that's what PC is talking about? Kid needs to work harder to get stronger. Maybe PC sees the off-ice stuff getting in the way of that part of his development?
I don't know, Crowls. You hear plenty about Seguin's commitment to off-season training - working out with Gary Roberts, always competing with the other players to be fastest, strongest, do the most reps etc. If it's about his physical prep, I think it's more the side of taking care of his body and his energy level during the season. Day in and day out nutrition, work-outs, getting enough sleep. Puts me in mind of the story they did on Bergeron during the playoffs and how the team recognized immediately how professional Bergeron's approach to the game was - he knows how to prepare day in and day out.
Seguin, for all his all-world skills (speed, hand-eye coordination, and wrist shot are all still as good as anyone in the world), has not accomplished as much on a top five NHL roster in his first three years as Bergeron did in his first three on a largely underwhelming roster. Bergeron topped 30 goals his second full NHL campaign. Bergeron topped 70 points his second and third NHL campaigns. Because he approaches the game like a pro and always has. I think that's what they're looking for from Seguin.
Book- for all/any of Seguin's limitations, having good jump seems low on the list. He usually has his skating legs, maybe being 21 lends itself to that.
So what are we or PC talking about "being a pro"? What is the behavior required and what is the expected area that improves? As JW points out, Seguin needs to improve his puck battle success. How does being a pro translate?
On Bergeron's success, worth pointing out that he accomplished those two 70-point seasons playing for Mike Sullivan & Dave Lewis while playing over 20 minutes per game. Bergeron is also considered one of the premier two-way players in the world.