Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tyler Seguin and Teenage Playoff Scoring

Tyler Seguin with 6 points in his first two career playoff games as a teenager is now in very select company with one Dale Hawerchuk. In Winnipeg's first two playoff games on April 7 and 8, 1982 against St.Louis, Hawerchuk also scored 6 points.

At 19 years, 4 days old Hawerchuk scored his first playoff goal 15:20 into the first period, beating Mike Liut on assists by Paul MacLean and Moe Mantha. In the third period he assisted on a goal by Willy Lindstrom as the Blues beat the Jets 4-3. The following day Hawerchuk notched four assists on goals by Dave Babych, Norm Dupont and two by Paul MacLean. Hawerchuk finished the series with 8 points in the 4 game loss to St.Louis.

Ray Bourque also tallied 6 points (1 goal and 5 assists) over two games April 13 & 14, 1980 vs. Pittsburgh. These were his fourth and fifth career playoff games. He was aged 19 years, 3 months at the time.

Two other teenagers have scored 5 points over 2 playoff matches:

Rod Brind'Amour, St.Louis April 18 & 20, 1990 vs. Chicago
Scored two goals and three assists in the first two games of the second round at the age of 19 years, 9 months.

Brent Sutter, New York Islanders April 7 & 8, 1982 vs. Pittsburgh
Two goals, three assists in his first two ever playoff games at age 19 years, 10 months.

A few other teenage scoring feats in playoff history.

The last three teenagers to score four points in a playoff game are:

Trevor Linden, Vancouver (1G-3A, April 9, 1989 at age 18 years, 363 days)

Pierre Turgeon, Buffalo (2G-2A, April 10, 1988 at age 18 years, 226 days)

Peter Zezel, Philadelphia (1G-3A, April 13, 1985 at age 19 years, 356 days)

Toronto's Wendel Clark scored a goal in each of his first four career playoff games. From April 9 through April 18, 1986 he scored each game against St.Louis. Clark was 19 years, 6 months old at the time.

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