Patrick Kane was complimentary to his fellow EHC Biel alum Tyler Seguin during the Stanley Cup media day on Tuesday, saying the Bruins forward will be a future NHL leading goal-scorer.
“I bought him a lot of movie tickets and dinners over there, so I’m glad he has my back,” said Seguin with a smile.
For Kane and Seguin, who will face each other for the first time tomorrow night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final since being overseas teammates, the Swiss National League experience was an interesting one. It was also a very positive one, not only for the opportunity to play during the lockout, but also for what it did for their games back on this side of the pond.
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For Kane, that was especially true. He turned a great stint there into a great start here with the Blackhawks, recording nine goals and 12 assists in his first 14 games. When he first came back from Switzerland, Kane said the work overseas was “really good for my conditioning, (all the) skating and playing on the bigger ice.” Several months later, Kane is still grateful he went.
“It was a good experience for me to go over and play. I was happy I did it,” he said. “I thought I got off to a good start here because I went over. Looking back, I thought it was a good idea that I went over and played.”
Seguin said playing with Kane, as well as the whole experience, was worthwhile.
“It was a lot of fun. I got to know (Kane); he’s a good guy. Obviously playing with someone with that much talent and skill is something you remember,” he said. “It definitely got long after a while; I was there for quite some time. But when I look back, I like how it went.”
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Seguin watched the Blackhawks’ Western Conference Final-clinching victory, featuring Kane’s hat trick, against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. He said Kane’s back to being, well, Kane.
“He definitely broke out,” Seguin said. “You could see it coming after he got that goal just going hard to the net the game before (Game 4 in Los Angeles). He’s definitely picking up his game, so we have to be ready for that.”