“We’re going with the same lineup,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien, referring to the Seguin-less lineup that beat the Montreal Canadiens 8-6 on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old forward has played 51 games and has registered eight goals and nine assists in his first season in the NHL. Julien said prior to Wednesday’s game that Seguin “had a lot on his plate” and the team thought it best to give last year’s No. 2 pick time to catch his breath.
Seguin participated in the Bruins’ optional skate Friday morning.
“He’s fine. He’s very understanding,” Julien said. “We also understand that he wants to play.”
Despite the team’s decision to sit Seguin, Julien said he is impressed with the rookie's progress this season.
“He’s been good,” the coach said. “He’s a player who has a ton of talent. Maybe he hasn’t had the benefit of other players, such as [Taylor] Hall in Edmonton, to play for a Memorial Cup team. We all know [Seguin’s] skill is high and his potential is also very high. He’s developed with us, and he’s made some great strides. His game might have slipped a little lately, but he doesn’t have the privilege of playing on a re-building team.
“He’s on a team that aspires for bigger and better things, and probably a team that has a lot more experience. At times, he has to be patient with that. Other than that, he’s got a great attitude and he understands. He’s willing to do what it takes to be a better player and that’s all you can ask from him.”