– Boston Bruins forward Jordan Caron
has been up and down between Boston and the Providence Bruins six times this season – but for the time being, the 21-year old forward has regained his spot in the lineup.
Forward Nathan Horton
has missed five games, and in that span forward Rich Peverley
filled in on the first line, moving forward Zach Hamill
onto the Chris Kelly
line for a few games where Peverley skated.
However, Caron played in the Bruins 4-1 win over Washington Sunday, and with Hamill assigned to Providence, it appears as if Caron will occupy Peverley’s spot on the third forward unit for the time being.
Head Coach Claude Julien is unsure when that return may be, but in the meanwhile he likes what he’s seen from Caron.
“I thought he skated more with the puck and obviously had a couple of good point blank chances [against Washington],” Julien said after practice Monday. “He was a little bit more involved and this is what we asked him to do and he went to Providence and found that part of his game.
“And hopefully, right now, with these guys that are coming up it’s about being able to maintain it. I liked his first game and hopefully he’ll follow it up with another game like that.”
In Sunday’s game, Caron lined up opposite of Benoit Pouliot
, but instead of having Kelly as a center, he had forward David Krejci
instead, a change that Julien made in Sunday’s game.
Caron, who has two goals and two assists in 18 games with the Boston Bruins, registered four shots on goal in Sunday’s win and he enjoyed playing with Krejci and Pouliot.
“Yeah I think with guys like Benny and Kretch, it makes things even easier,” Caron said. “I think they’re really good players – they see the ice good and it was fun to play with them.
“I think it’s actually easy [playing with Krejci]. He’s always looking for the pass and he’s taking the shot when he has to. I think he’s really smart and it’s fun to play with him.”
But while the transition has been relatively easier for Caron, he said he still has some adjusting to do.
“Most teams are fighting for a playoff spot so I think they’re playing even harder now and you just have to adjust to it,” he said. “It’s a little bit quicker, everything is a little bit faster and I just got to get used to the pace.
"It’s the same thing, just a little bit faster.--- Anthony Gulizia