Last year on Memorial Day weekend, Tyler Seguin was performing rudimentary physical tests for the Bruins brass at the NHL combine in Toronto.

Fast-forward one year, and the rookie right winger was on the Garden ice yesterday morning preparing to face the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals. Game 1 is Wednesday night.

Seguin and Taylor Hall were the two Ontario Hockey League junior players slated to be taken first and second in the 2010 NHL draft. Hall eventually was selected first by the Edmonton Oilers. Seguin, though, feels he got the better deal as the runner-up because he went to a team with a realistic shot at playing for a championship.

"I knew when I was coming here I was coming to a Cup-contending team, and definitely that is what I had hoped for," Seguin said. "I knew coming into this year those were the paths we were going to take — Taylor was going that path and I was going this path.

"I knew Boston had a Cup-contending team, and that was how it all played out. I did everything I could to contribute, and now I'm standing here. .?.?. There's been a lot of hard work, and I'm happy to be here."

Seguin is experiencing both the intensity and electric atmosphere of his first NHL postseason. He got a big dose of both in the Bruins' 1-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night at the Garden.

"It's definitely lit up," Seguin said. "There has been tons of fan support all year, but for obvious reasons the last couple of weeks have been different. It's been a little crazier, and hockey is definitely big in Boston right now.