BUFFALO Jordan Caron didnt want to see it happen that way, but the 21-year-old Bruins winger had to look at Zach Hamills trip to Providence as a vote of confidence for him.
Caron had one of his better games this season when he jumped onto the third line with Benoit Pouliot and David Krejci on Sunday against the Washington Capitals, and will be in the lineup until Nathan Horton returns from a concussion. Caron was kept off the board against the Caps, but the former first round pick had a couple of quality chances close to the net in an encouraging performance.
Caron was strong on the puck, he was good along the walls and he used his 6-foot-3, 204-pound frame to good use in his sixth promotion from the AHL back to Bostons hockey club. Bruins coach Claude Julien has always had a fondness for Carons game, and thats only augmented by his performance on the ice.
With guys like Pouliot and Krejci it makes it even easier. Krejci is always looking for the pass and taking the shot when he has to. Its really easy to play with him, said Caron. Theyre players that see the ice so well. Its the same thing. I just want to play hard, play my game and keep things simple. If I do that then Ill be fine.Just getting some playing time down in Providence helped. I played in a lot of games down there. It was good.
If Caron can maintain that level of play hell serve the Bruins well as the break glass during emergency forward on the Bs roster, but thats the rub with every young forward play with an established group. Its difficult to maintain a high level of play with intermittent playing time, and thats something Hamill had trouble with at the end of his stint.
I thought he skated more with the puck and he obviously had a couple of good point blank chances, so he was getting more involved, said Claude Julien. Thats what we asked him to do when he went down to Providence. Hes kind of found that part of his game. With these guys that have come up now its about maintaining it. I liked his first game and hopefully he follows up on that.
With Horton still waiting for clearance to get back onto the practice ice with his teammates while battling back from a concussion, Caron will be looked upon to make an impact during yet another go-round with the Bs this season.