THE CANADIAN PRESS
BIEL, Switzerland — Tyler Seguin is settling in to his new surroundings.
The locked-out Boston Bruins forward has spent the past month in Switzerland, where he’s found a home with EHC Biel during the NHL’s work stoppage. The 20-year-old has quickly established himself as a dangerous player on the larger international ice surface with eight goals and 16 points in 12 games.
"I think I’m still adapting," said Seguin. "There are still plays out there that I feel like I can still make better reads. I think it’s just going to keep coming with experience in this league.
"Hopefully, I’ll keep improving."
Seguin seems to have taken his game to another level recently, recording a hat trick during a win over Ambri-Piotta last week and following it with a two-goal effort in a victory over Zurich three nights later.
"The last games he’s coming on like crazy," said coach Kevin Schlapfer.
The trip abroad has been a positive experience for Seguin, who is still playing under an entry-level contract in the NHL and could have been assigned to the American Hockey League before the lockout.
Instead, he was one of the first Canadian-born players to sign overseas.
"Right when I heard there was going to be a lockout I told my agent right away that I wanted to go to Europe," said Seguin. "I just thought it would be cool to see what it’s like to be a professional hockey player in Europe. It’s been a fun ride so far, I’ve gained some good friendships over here."
Biel sits sixth in the 12-team Swiss league and has called in more reinforcements. Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane arrived on Sunday and is expected to make his debut against Zug on Tuesday.
Seguin briefly met Kane prior to the 2010 draft, when he was one of the top prospects who attended a game during the Blackhawks-Flyers Stanley Cup final.
"I’m relatively new to the NHL so I’m still a fan of his," said Seguin. "I’m looking forward to actually getting to know him better and maybe even playing with him."
For now, Schlapfer is still trying to determine how he’ll use his NHL stars. He’s toyed with the idea of starting them on different forward lines and then combining them occasionally when the team needs boost.
"They have the same style," said Schlapfer. "They like to fly on the ice, to skate, and they’re mobile. I think that’s a good combination for the hockey here in Switzerland."