Seguin walks own path in OHL

DOUG GRAHAM, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

Tyler Seguin was very close to following in his dad Paul Seguin's footsteps and choosing U.S. collegiate hockey over the Ontario Hockey League.

The sophomore scoring star of the Plymouth Whalers, who just picked up OHL player of the week honours, said he had his mind set on doing what dad did through his minor hockey days with the Toronto Young Nationals.

Paul Seguin played at the University of Vermont, where he was the team captain and a roommate of future NHLer John LeClair.

However, there was no comparison in the way father and son played the game.

"He was a fast defenceman who did a lot of fighting. We're pretty much opposites that way," Tyler Seguin, 17, said.

"But I was always looking at the college route. It was only at the last (minute) when I started looking into the OHL's education (packages) and talking with players and teams that I changed my mind," Seguin recalled of the spring of 2008 when he opted into the OHL priority selection and wound up being selected ninth overall by the Whalers.

"It's worked out well for me."

Seguin has rocketed out to the lead the league in scoring, tallying 14 goals in Plymouth's opening 10 games.

The Brampton native's fast start has included three hat tricks, twice against the Sudbury Wolves and once against the London Knights.

"One of the things I wanted to do was not get off to the slow start I did in my rookie season," he said.

"It's definitely been a good start. I'm capitalizing on my opportunities and the puck's going in for me."

GOLDEN SUMMER

Seguin credits his summer experience playing and winning gold for Canada at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka under-18 tournament in the Czech Republic as a key ingredient behind his good start to the season.

"It got my confidence up and my legs ready," Seguin said.

At that tournament, he was on a line with 2008 first overall pick John McFarland of the Sudbury Wolves, a good friend off the ice, and Tyler Toffoli of the Ottawa 67's.

Seguin is hoping his good start will lead to an invitation to Canada's selection camp for its entry at the world junior hockey championship in Saskatchewan.

"I've got no idea what they are saying or how the process goes but it is one of my goals," Seguin said.

Equal value?

The summer trade between the Owen Sound Attack and Kingston, which saw the Frontenacs acquire a starting goalie in Tyler Beskorowany, may be a deal which benefits both clubs.

While the Frontenacs have been very happy with Beskorowany, who has won five games and has a 2.91 goals-against average, Owen Sound has to be extremely pleased with Bobby Mignardi, the right winger who came to the Attack in the deal.

Mignardi, in his three seasons in Kingston, was an average offensive player who never topped the 20-goal mark.

He also had poor plus-minus numbers (minus-14 and 13) in his second and third seasons.

With the Attack, however, Mignardi has nine goals in 10 games for coach Mark Reeds. He leads the team with 14 points.

Mignardi's good start is helping make up for Joey Hishon's slow opening. Hishon has just two goals after scoring 37 last season.

Mignardi is also the Attack's top forward with his plus-4, second on the team only to defenceman Michael McGurk's plus-9.

Puck talk

Kitchener's Jeff Skinner had his six-game goal-scoring streak stopped on Monday when the Rangers defeated the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds ... The Saginaw Spirit's Ivan Telegin (five goals, five assists) is the leading rookie scorer. Telegin turned 17 in February so the import player from Novokuznetsk, Russia does qualify under the league's new rookie clarification definition. Boone Jenner of the Oshawa Generals is tops in goals with six. Daniel Catenacci, the top overall pick in May by the Greyhounds, scored his first OHL goal in the team's seventh game against Plymouth ... Belleville Bulls graduate and reigning OHL goaltender of the year Mike Murphy picked up his first professional win Saturday night when the Albany River Rats defeated the Rochester Americans 6-1 in American Hockey League action. The Carolina Hurricanes prospect stopped 29 shots and lost the shutout bid in the third period ... Frontenacs star defenceman Erik Gudbranson suffered a knee injury last Sunday in a win against Ottawa. He is being listed as day-to-day.

DOUG.GRAHAM@SUNMEDIA.CA


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