“Well, I was wrong” is a new Monday feature where I walk you through a number of ideas I once held that have recently been proven wrong.

It’s really stolen from Richard Whittall (theScore’s Footy Blog editor) and his “Five Things I Unlearned,” but hey, Richard, same team man.

So let’s have at it.

Well, I was wrong – Tyler Seguin isn’t gonna need a few years to develop.

Last year during the NHL playoffs, Seguin tallied 2 goals and 2 assists in a game, and everyone (particularly Boston writers) were claiming he should play in every game, get more ice, and generally be given more responsibility.

I wrote a column on why he wasn’t ready to step up at the time, and if we’re being honest, I didn’t really see “it” at all. I figured if he was ever going to break through, he was going to need a couple years.

Well, he’s 19 years old, and suddenly has 11 goals (2nd in NHL) and 20 total points after 15 games.

I definitely see “it” in his game right now. I was wrong.

Well, I was wrong – the Minnesota Wild are actually capable of doing exciting things.

The Wild have been the picture of mediocrity for a while, and I’ve made fun of them a ton in the past for being “blah” – but how about that goal? Under the stick dangle with an inside jump, a behind-the-back dish and a goal? This team is starting to scare me. They almost look slightly better than maybe middle of the pack!

Well, I was wrong – the Sedins aren’t flawless.

Don’t “oh what a stop by Nabokov” me. Ryan Kesler makes that nasty through-the-legs pass backdoor to Henrik, and Henrik can’t bury. That puck wouldn’t have gone in on an empty net he shanked it so bad.

Well, I was wrong – turns out the Rangers are good.

In my pre-season predictions, I had the Rangers finishing in 12th….one spot behind the New York Islanders (oops, wrong there too. At least I look smart with Florida-as-a-playoff team so far).

Well, the Rangers have now won six straight games, so my bad on that call.

They’re sitting tied for second place in the Eastern conference after 15 games, so yes, it’s safe to say that I was wrong. This team is pretty good.

Well, I was wrong – Winnipeg is bad

Guh, those Eastern Conference predictions of mine were a trainwreck.

On Saturday, the 30th placed Columbus Blue Jackets beat the 28th place Winnipeg Jets, pulling Winnipeg closer to “earning” the #1 overall pick in the 2012 draft (actually, that’d be kind of exciting, right Winnipeg fans? Fail for Nail Yakupov!).

I looked at their lineup and saw the type of size and grit that I thought would make them a tough team to play every night. Apparently I forgot to look for those other important things, skill and talent.

I’m bummed to be wrong on this one, but at this point, there’s just no hope in denying it – yup. I was wrong.

Comments (2)

  1. you weren’t wrong about seguin at the time, really.
    im a bruins fan and watch most of their games. he was pretty timid last year.
    even after the 2 lightning games he sort of reverted to that.
    he didn’t look like he was involved physically and was, maybe intimidated.

    not this year though.
    i didn’t think he be this good this soon.

  2. JTB! Haven’t commented on your stories in a long while. I’m sure you haven’t missed me. Although I’m still missing my Glambourne podcasts.

    I’m surprised you thought the Jets would be good. Their roster looks like the Minnesota Wild roster from two years ago but they don’t have Backstrom/Harding in net.

    The Jets are also going to be one of the most travelled teams this year with all of their division games coming in the South East. How much does that suck for the rest of the Southeast though? “We have to go where 4 times a year?”

    As for the Rangers, I’ve learned never to count Lundqvist out. Regardless of the GQ appearances, dude is a good goaltender. They improved their team this year so it’s only fitting that they would improve. Don’t worry, they will regress and end up with a 5 or 6 seed in the East.

    I’m not commenting on the Sedins. Not because I’m a Vancouver fan, but because the statement is preposterous. If they were perfect they would have been celebrating in a parade last June and then with the cup in a Swedish love-shack (aka Sauna).

    The Wild? The Wild have always been an awful team (see my Jets comments above) with an elite level goaltender who has kept them from picks like Hall or Nugent-Hopkins. They are going to be above average this year because of the following information: They play in the same division as Colorado, Calgary, and Edmonton (Yes, the youngsters are playing great right now but the youth will show. This team, like Seguin, needs probably another year and they will be a force). Meanwhile, Calgary is in a tailspin and Colorado’s starting goaltender is Varlamov, who is an average/below-average starter in the NHL. Oh yeah, and Colorado’s GM is a meat head for making that deal.

    As for Seguin, I really wish you hadn’t put this in print for one reason: he’s playing this well because of his supporting cast.

    This is a thorn in the side of Leafs fans (I am not a Leaf fan either, btw) because of Kessel. Was the deal better for the Leafs or Bruins. I will always maintain that it was good for both and here’s why:

    Boston had a good team when the trade was made. Peter Chiarelli was able to build a Stanley Cup Champion after the trade was made but the only piece that played a roll in that victory was Seguin. Everyone else, Chiarelli obtained through trades or free agency. That means Boston had a pretty good group of players to build upon, which also allows a good young superstar to be brought into the game properly. Properly means to be bounced between the AHL and NHL to learn the systems and the pace of the “adult” game while being able to maintain the confidence a player has in junior. What most people forget is that higher draft picks usually enjoy dominant junior careers. The players getting thrust into the NHL without much of a supporting cast tend to lose the confidence they once enjoyed and become a less dominant player. See: Steve Mason.

    Seguin was not asked to step in and play in a top-6 forward role and he didn’t really break the roster as a regular full-time player until injuries reared their ugly heads. Taylor Hall played well but he’s also surrounded by a nucleus of other young players who did not fair so well last year and are playing over their heads at the moment.

    Go back to the Leafs: the Leafs had a bare cupboard. JFJ and Cliff Fletcher made sure that the Marlies would be a team that couldn’t compete in the ECHL, let alone AHL, and had given ridiculous contracts and no-movement clauses to players that didn’t deserve them. Seguin’s development WOULD be different had the Leafs retained his pick and selected him. His supporting cast would not have allowed him the opportunity to either bounce between the AHL and NHL, nor would it allow him to develop gradually in a 3rd line role. Look at the team the Leafs have built since the trade: they do not have a 1st line center, they have a full compliment of top-6 forwards but they have only 1 or 2 players who may play on a top line on a playoff-bound team. That’s nowhere near the support Boston has for Seguin.

    The other major player involved is Kessel. He’s one of those few top-6 forwards who might start on a playoff-bound team’s first line. He has given the Leafs a 30+ goal scorer, which they did not have at the time of the trade. Kessel also gave them a player to start building around. If Seguin were plunked in this year as a rookie, things might be better, but the Leafs still have a ways to go before they are ready to start grooming rookie talent.

    Seguin’s development may be a surprise, but not as much when you consider his supporting cast.

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