Stars align for Dallas star Tyler Seguin

Dallas Stars centre Tyler Seguin has experienced a resurgence after being acquired from the Boston...

Dallas Stars centre Tyler Seguin has experienced a resurgence after being acquired from the Boston Bruins. (AFP/Getty Images)

Steve Simmons, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:03 AM ET

When Jim Nill worked for the Detroit Red Wings, his house was a 10-minute drive to the Compuware Arena, home of the Plymouth Whalers.

He’d often go to junior games, taking stock of the emerging players, paying more attention to those with serious talent. Tyler Seguin was one of those kids he couldn’t take his eyes off of.

“I knew him well enough from his Plymouth days,” said Nill, the first-year general manager of the Dallas Stars. “I saw him lots in his draft year. I met with him quite a few times. I know a lot of people around that area. So when we had a chance to get him, I knew what I needed to know. I asked a lot of questions. I didn’t have a lot of concerns.”

For years, Nill was everybody’s general manager-in-waiting. In his first year on the job, he pulled off a franchise- and reputation-changing trade: He brought in the controversial Seguin from the Boston Bruins and paid a reasonable — if not in retrospect, light — price to do so.


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