We'll see today if Bruins coach Claude Julien gives the kid a break, allows his budding offensive phenom, Tyler Seguin, to cast off those chains that bind him to the right wing wall and fly like an eagle at his natural center position.

Oh wait, wrong critter. The pick of the animal kingdom for Seguin would be a tiger. For many of his years in amateur hockey, he and his father shared a series of hand signals that served as tutoring tools for the future NHL All-Star. Paul Seguin, a former defenseman/winger at the University of Vermont, would connect with his son during games by flashing any of three simple gestures from the stands.

One signal had dad using an index finger to scrawl an imaginary figure-8.

"That meant I was skating, but not productively,'' said the Bruins' 19-year-old leading scorer, who today will join fellow Black-and-Golders Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara in the NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa. "That told me I was skating, but just circling past pucks.