Ottawa, Ontario -- Last year Tyler Seguin watched the NHL All-Star fantasy draft as a rookie invite to All-Star weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina. He watched as the player he was essentially traded for, Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, sat and waited until the final pick.
Well, this year, Seguin almost found himself in the same spot as Kessel. After 34 players had been selected, Seguin found himself with Jamie Benn, Jason Pominville and Logan Couture waiting to be picked.
Thankfully for Seguin, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara ended Seguin’s wait, taking him with the No. 35 overall pick.
“I don’t know if that’s the word,” Seguin said when asked if he was worried he would be last. “I was definitely getting hot back there and I don’t know if I could say it was the lights. I was a little nervous -- all four of us were when we went on the stage -- we were not embarrassed because everyone should have a good time but anytime it’s a draft like that you’re not wanting to go on the bottom like that.”
Ironically Kessel was also selected by team Chara and it appears the two may end up linemates in the All Star game Sunday.
“I actually … after I went and sat down, I leaned at Kessel and said ‘Kess, I think we’re linemates,’ and he said ‘Really? I think that would be kind of cool, it would be good for media!’ and I said well I’m down,” Seguin said with a laugh. “It’s going to be a fun game.”
No matter who Seguin plays with, he is honored to be here as a player and member of the All-Star team.
“Obviously, last year I was sitting in the front row being a rookie and I remember looking back up and saying to myself ‘it would be cool one day to sit in one of those chairs’ and to have it a year later is really something I didn’t think was going to happen I guess,” Seguin said. “So I definitely feel very fortunate to be here.”