Trade of Marc Savard may be Bruin

The names Tyler Seguin and Marc Savard may be inexorably linked now, and maybe not as fellow centermen on the Bruins.

As soon as Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini announced his team’s selection of winger Taylor Hall last night at the Staples Center, it ended any suspense about which player the Bruins would get with the No. 2 overall pick.
And when B’s GM Peter Chiarelli called Seguin’s name, it may well have signaled the beginning of the end for Savard in a Boston uniform. Because Seguin is primarily a center, the stage is now set for Chiarelli to trade Savard.

The Bruins are prepared to enter next season with a center-ice depth chart of David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Seguin – the 18-year-old viewed by all who’ve seen him as a can’t-miss NHL star.

“Speed, creativity, vision, wrist shot – I think his wrist shot is very underrated,” said Chiarelli of the 6-foot-1, 186-pound Seguin. “And he’s got size and is still growing. He’s already a good two-way player, which speaks to his hockey sense and intelligence.”

Coach Claude Julien added, “He’s a highly skilled player. We know he can definitely bring some offense to our game. Everyone seems to think he can make the jump right away. He can play center and he can play wing. We’ll wait and see where he fits in our puzzle in the next month or so. There’s a lot of things still going on. There’s trades that could still happen.”