Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tyler Seguin Lighting Up Swiss Hockey League -- and Doing It in Style

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tyler Seguin Lighting Up Swiss Hockey League -- and Doing It in Style

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Seguin can't be missed in Switzerland

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It is awfully hard to miss Tyler Seguin these days.

Not only is the locked-out NHL forward tearing up the Swiss hockey league, he's doing it in style. Seguin stands out among his EHC Biel teammates on the ice because of the bright yellow helmet he wears -- an honour bestowed on the top-scoring player for each team in Switzerland.

The 20-year-old has been an offensive force with 20 goals in 20 games, making him the most productive NHLer plying his trade in a league that includes Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton, Rick Nash, John Tavares and Logan Couture, among others.

In fact, Seguin has even managed to exceed his own expectations so far.

"I had no idea what to expect when I came to Switzerland," he told the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper recently. "The league is very competitive -- the speed and the talent level of the players has surprised me. It took me some time and effort to get used to it.

"Scoring goals is never easy; I didn't do very well at the beginning. Now I just hope to continue playing well like I have been lately."

The trip abroad has also come with new opportunities. After seasons of 22 and 67 points with the Boston Bruins, it was reasonable to expect that Seguin would have made another leap forward during his third year in the NHL.

However, he likely wouldn't have been relied upon by Boston as much as he is in Biel, where he's been used in virtually every situation. That was seen over the weekend in a game against Bern when he blocked a shot while killing a penalty and scored on a short-handed breakaway.

Seguin has seen virtually no time on the penalty kill during his young NHL career and made reference to his new role on Twitter on Monday: "Got a short handed goal the other night. Wonder if @NHLBruins will see it. #blockshots"

The time away could really benefit Seguin if the NHL lockout is brought to a resolution and a compressed regular-season schedule begins quickly. …

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