Tyler Seguin (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Tyler Seguin missed all but one post-season game due to an Achilles injury, but the Dallas Stars sniper says he’s feeling healthy and is set for the World Cup of Hockey. Seguin, 24, is the sixth-highest scorer over the past two seasons with 70 goals and 150 points.
Team Canada’s World Cup of Hockey hopes won’t rest on the shoulders of one player, but it will surely be a relief for GM Doug Armstrong and coach Mike Babcock to know they’ll have Dallas Stars sniper Tyler Seguin in the lineup.
Seguin, 24, has spent his off-season working his way back from an Achilles injury — a 15 percent cut of the tendon — that cost the Stars center the final 10 games of the regular season and saw him on the sideline for 12 of 13 playoff games. But asked about the injury and how he’s feeling leading up to the World Cup tournament, Seguin told the Dallas Stars' website that he’s prepared for the competition that’s set to begin in mid-September.
“I’m doing well,” Seguin said. “It’s been a different summer, as far as training-wise coming off of an injury. But I’m feeling great, looking forward to the World Cup in the next month or so.”
While the Stars goaltending left much to be desired in the post-season, Seguin’s injury was a massive blow to Dallas’ high-powered offense. In the end, the Stars scoring power was what was going to take them deep into the playoffs. That Seguin was forced to watch from the sidelines during the second-round series against the St. Louis Blues could have been the difference between Dallas seeing the Western Conference final and heading home early.
Thankfully for the Canadian World Cup squad, though, Seguin sounds confident that he’ll be at the tournament and playing at top speed. And having Seguin as a near lock to play in the tournament is great news considering the same can’t be said for his teammate and linemate in Dallas, Jamie Benn, who is working his way back from surgery to repair a “core muscle” injury.
Seguin has been one of the league’s most prolific scorers over the past two seasons, despite having played only 143 of a possible 164 games. Since the start of the 2014-15 campaign, Seguin ranks sixth in scoring with 70 goals and 150 points.
With his scoring prowess, Seguin is set to be a top-six player for Canada at the World Cup, especially if Benn is healthy enough to suit up at the tournament. That’s a duo Canada no doubt wants to be able to ice. No pair of linemates has outscored the Benn-Seguin combination in the past two campaigns, with the Stars' duo combining for 146 goals and 326 points.
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