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Ruff says Seguin has ‘handled the defensive stuff pretty well’

Dallas Stars v Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA, ON - NOVEMBER 3: Tyler Seguin #91 of the Dallas Stars skates during an NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on November 3, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tyler Seguin

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When Tyler Seguin was traded from Boston to Dallas, amid all the stories about his professionalism (or lack thereof), one of the more under-reported aspects was the Stars’ plan to shift him from the wing to center, which he called his “natural position.”

On the Bruins, there wasn’t the trust that Seguin, barely out of junior, could handle a center’s defensive responsibilities. And given David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron weren’t going anywhere, it made sense to move him to the wing.

With the Stars, however, Seguin has been a center right from the start, playing on the top line with winger Jamie Benn.

“I thought maybe there would’ve been some tougher struggles putting him back in the middle, but he handled the defensive stuff pretty well,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff told “And then on the offensive side he’s been dynamic. He’s been a difference-maker most nights, one of the best shots I’ve seen -- quickest, hardest -- and he’s an elite skater.”

Still only 21, Seguin has plenty of learning to do. But with 42 points in 44 games, he’s more than holding his own offensively while playing a position that demands more than just natural ability.