The Bruins have called up forward Ryan Spooner from the team's AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins. As of right now, this is a precautionary move in the case of injured Brad Marchand not being able to play in Wednesdays game in Montreal. Spooner has put up nine goals and 21 assists in 35 games played this season for Providence.
Marchand, was injured in Saturday nights win in Toronto, when he was tripped up skating hard towards the net and ended up going shoulder-first into the boards.
Back to Spooner though, the 21-year-old was drafted by the Bruins in the second round of the 2010 NHL draft (45th overall) and has spent this season skating with the Providence Bruins. Prior to that, Spooner spent four seasons bouncing around on different OHL teams, posting point totals of 58, 54, 81 and 66 respectively from '08-11.
As far as filling in for Marchand, Spooner stands at 5-10, 180 pounds, one inch taller than #63 and three pounds lighter. Here's a quick summary of Spooner's game, from Hockey's Future:
Slick, fast and creative, Ryan Spooner is an offensive-minded, puck-possession player. Masterful at carrying the puck, making defenders miss with paralyzing one-on-one moves and then finding the open man. He’s the kind of player who makes his linemates better. Praised profusely by Boston’s head coach Claude Julien for his intelligence. But in junior has shown a tendency to hot dog and lose focus on his defensive assignments.
Another point worth mentioning on Spooner, he had 12 career short-handed goals in the OHL. That's one part of Marchand's game we've grown to appreciate over his first two-plus seasons in black and gold, with Marchy posting seven shorties.
While Spooner may not even play in Wednesday's game at the Canadians, he's a player to keep an eye for the future. Whether it's maybe filling in for an injury like right now or even being part of a trade deadline move to improve the club.
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