BOSTON – Along with all of the success he’s had in hockey, Tyler Seguin remembers the occasional failure.

After being left off the Canadian team for last year’s world junior championships, Seguin gave himself two days to mope. Then he went back to work on getting better.

And when his Plymouth Whalers were eliminated from the Ontario Hockey League playoffs in the second round, it was the same thing.

“It was the worst adversity I’ve ever had to face in my career,” Seguin said Tuesday after meeting reporters at the TD Garden four days after the Boston Bruins made him the second overall pick in the NHL draft. “I promised myself, if I ever got that opportunity again, I wouldn’t let it happen again.”

Seguin was deemed too young for the Canadian junior team. “All three 17-year-olds were cut on the same day,” he said. He went on to lead the OHL in points, with 48 goals and 58 assists, and earned league MVP honors.

Bruins President Cam Neely said he expects Seguin to make the team this year, but the 18-year-old center said he is taking nothing for granted.

“All I want to do is learn my sport,” he said. “It’s one step closer to my dream. Playing in the NHL is my dream. Coming to the Boston Bruins is the cherry on top.”

Seguin had a whirlwind week, heading to the NHL draft in Los Angeles and then to Boston to check out his future workplace and meet some of his teammates.


PREDATORS-CANADIENS: Nashville traded goaltender Dan Ellis and forward Dustin Boyd to Montreal for forward Sergei Kostitsyn.

Kostitsyn scored 18 points with seven goals in 47 games last season in his third year in the NHL.

Ellis was 15-13 for Nashville, playing behind Pekka Rinne. Boyd scored 24 points with 11 goals in 78 games.


SENATORS: Ottawa is buying out the final year of forward Jonathan Cheechoo’s contract one day after waiving him.

Cheechoo was set to earn $3.5 million next season. After he cleared waivers, the Senators were allowed to buy him out.

Cheechoo, acquired from San Jose last year in the trade that sent Dany Heatley to the Sharks, had five goals with nine assists in 61 games for Ottawa. He added eight goals and six assists in 25 games with Binghamton of the AHL.


DEVILS: New Jersey hired former NHL All-Star Adam Oates as an assistant coach, completing new head coach John MacLean’s staff.

Oates joins Larry Robinson and goaltending coach Chris Terreri under MacLean, who was named head coach on June 17.


STARS: Dallas General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk said the team has decided not to offer Mike Modano a contract to play a 21st season. Modano, the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history, becomes a free agent Thursday.

Modano said he’s “disappointed and upset” Dallas won’t offer him a contract, and he’s leaning toward returning next season with another team.