Boston Bruins: Ryan Spooner Making A Strong Case For Roster Spot
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By Mitch Cole (@DirtyWaterBuzz)
As the preseason begins to wind down, and teams begin to prepare their final cuts, the Boston Bruins are going to have a tough decision to make regarding their top prospect, Ryan Spooner.
The 45th overall pick in the 2010 draft, Spooner spent last season playing for the Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence, while also filling in for David Krejci for a few games in early February. In 59 games for the “Baby B’s”, Spooner recorded 17 goals and 40 assists for a total of 57 points, a near point per game pace.
This year in training camp and preseason action, Spooner has continued to impress the Bruins’ brass, and may force them to make a tough decision.
“I think Spoons (Spooner) sees what’s in front of him, but what Spoon has to do is control what he can control, and that’s his game”, Bruins head coach Claude Julien said before yesterday’s preseason game against the Washington Capitals. “You’ve seen teams make room for players when they feel it’s deemed and that they can. So he has to do the best he can here, and impress us to a point where he makes us make a tough decision. Right now that’s what he’s doing, and he has to keep doing that.”
When he was drafted by the Bruins in 2010, many scouts felt that Spooner would eventually be better suited to play on the wing due to the fact that he is undersized for the center position. But, Spooner has played center in all of the action he has seen this preseason, and has not been placed on the wing.
“I don’t that Ryan (Spooner) is – you know, some guys say ‘Oh, he can play on the wing’ – I really think he’s better suited in the middle, his style of game. He’s had a really good camp, and obviously the last three games, in my mind anyways, have been really good. Don’t be surprised that we have to make a tough decision down the road; that tough decision doesn’t necessarily mean sending him down, it could be something else. We certainly haven’t written that off because he’s played that well”, Julien said.