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.
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Tweet hunters dug up an old message from a Charlie McAvoy proclaiming his hatred for the Boston Bruins. McAvoy, of course, was drafted 14th by the Bruins in the 2016 NHL Draft.
The tweet read, "I hate the bruins so much" before it was quickly deleted.
I'm sure this will go over well for Bruins fans, even though you really can't blame McAvoy. He was just 15 at the time and a fan of the Rangers, who went down 3-0 in the playoffs against the Bruins.
As fans, we can all relate to that feeling.
BUFFALO – The Bruins took their highest-rated defenseman when the pick came to them at the No. 14 spot, and they selected Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who tore up Hockey East as the young player in college hockey last season.
The 18-year-old Charlie McAvoy had three goals and 25 points in37 games for the Terriers while skating in a pairing with Bruins prospect Matt Grzelcyk, and showed off the kind of elite skating and offensive skills that will play well at the NHL level. It was thought the Bruins would take McAvoy or fellow BU-recruit Dante Fabbro at the 14th spot when they held onto the pick, but that was perhaps shaken a little bit when Jakub Chychrun fell all the way down to their spot.
The Bruins stuck with their scouting instincts and took the offensively gifted McAvoy, who profiles as a next generation NHL player with his sturdy six foot, 208-pound frame and ability to skate like the wind. He was understandably excited, and even said that he’s come around from hating some of the Boston teams as a native New Yorker after spending the year at Boston University.
“I’m at a loss for words. It’s an unbelievable feeling, and I’m just so happy to be a part of the Bruins. I’ve gotten close to [the Bruins] in the past year. I’m sure some of my friends back home aren’t happy I’m cutting the ties with New York sports, but Boston is an unbelievable city with great sports and great people. I’m glad to be staying there,” said McAvoy. “You grow up and taught not to like [Boston teams] because of the rivalry. But I've got a Red Sox hat and that’s the first step. Now I'm got that Bruins jersey and it’s pretty cool. I’ll just keep going, but I don’t know if I could ever be a Pats fan, but we’ll see."
Give McAvoy a little time and perhaps he’ll come around to the right side of the New England Patriots argument after some years spent with the Black and Gold.
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