There were ups, there were downs and there was one notable misstep for Tyler Seguin.

But now that the dust has settled, the 20-year-old Bruins forward and those in charge of his development can look back on 2011-12 and feel that his second NHL season was a step forward for this future franchise cornerstone. No, Seguin did not have the breakout season that he appeared on the verge of back in December, but he did lead the team that won the Stanley Cup last June in scoring with 67 points. And while there were times when he did take a circuitous route to the puck, he displayed more grit than outsiders knew at the time.

Seguin is most likely headed to the operating table to repair a detached tendon in a knuckle on his left hand, an injury suffered in a March 15 game against the Florida Panthers, but he stayed in the lineup. He scored the overtime game-winner in Game 6 against Washington and then got the B's into overtime of Game 7 when he scored a big-boy goal, knifing between the Capitals' top defense pair of Karl Alzner and John Carlson to jam home a loose puck.

It was all part of Seguin's maturation as an NHL player and proving himself to his teammates.