NHL lockout: The Swiss league is no match for Tyler Seguin

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

Breaking news: young hockey superstar is dominating European league that doesn't have the same talent level as the NHL.

OK, maybe that's not at all that shocking.

But not all of the NHL players spending the lockout overseas have put up the type of huge numbers you might expect. Even though the opposing talent level isn't up to NHL standards, it's still in many cases a different style of play, in a new environment, with other variables being added into the equation (language barriers, new culture, etc.).

One player who hasn't had any trouble adjusting to his new surroundings is Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin, who is absolutely destroying the top professional league in Switzerland.

In his 21 games with Biel of the NLA, Seguin has scored 20 goals (he scored 20 goals in his first 20 games) to go with 12 assists. He trails only Red Wings forward Damien Brunner and former Oilers forward Linus Omark in the point race, but no player in the league has been able to match his goal output.

In fact, Brunner is the only other player in the league who has scored more than 12 as of Friday.

Here's a look at how Seguin's performance in the NLA has compared to other prominent NHLers also playing in the league. And it's a pretty impressive collection of players, but not even they have been able to keep up with what Seguin has been doing.

NHL Players in Swiss A-League
PlayerGoals Per GamePoints Per game
Henrik Zetterberg0.791.57
Tyler Seguin0.951.52
John Tavares0.591.47
Patrice Bergeron0.691.46
Patrick Kane0.561.33
Logan Couture0.331.10
Petr Sykora0.671.08
Rick Nash0.671.07
Brooks Laich0.400.93
Jason Spezza0.350.90
Joe Thornton0.180.82

Only Henrik Zetterberg has averaged more points per game (and Zetterberg has only appeared in 14 games, compared to 21 for Seguin), and nobody is close to Seguin when it comes to goals per game. Even more than the goal production from Seguin is the fact that Biel is using him to kill penalties, something that not even the Bruins have asked him to do throughout the first two years of his career.

Just to put Seguin's numbers into even more perspective, back during the '04-05 lockout when Joe Thornton and Rick Nash played for HC Davos -- the team they're playing for this season -- and led them to the NLA title, they averaged only 1.35 and 1.04 points per game respectively.

Seguin, who doesn't turn 21 until the end of January, is coming off a breakout season with the Bruins when he led the team in most every offensive category, including goals, points, even strength goals, game winning goals, and shots on goal. He's a superstar in the making.

If only the NHL would get its act together and allow him to continue his development in the best league in the world and show what he's really capable of doing.

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