- Forward Jordan Caron
didn't have the best luck to start the season, suffering injuries that kept him from training camp, and from his opportunity to challenge for a spot on the Boston roster in the third and final year of his entry-level contract.
But on Friday, Caron finally got his chance, when he was recalled by the big club from Providence.
The official news came around 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, shortly after the 6'3", 204-pound forward took to the ice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington for the B's full practice, donning the grey third line jersey with Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly and Jay Pandolfo.
"I’m pretty excited to be back," said Caron following the Bruins high-energy skate. "The team is doing really well in Providence, and I’ve been playing better the last couple of weeks since my injuries. Obviously, I didn’t have the start that I wanted to do. Lately I’ve been playing well, and the team has been really well as well."
"Hopefully, being up here is like a new season and I’ll get it going."
Having missed 12 of the P-Bruins games this season to injury, Caron has appeared in 44 games, recording 10 goals and five assists for 15 points. Though he did score his first professional hat trick on October 19, the forward didn't see much offensive production until recently. Despite the late start offensively, the Sayabec, Quebec native's 10 goals are good for third on Providence.
He returned from injury on February 11, and has since recorded seven points in his last nine games (4 goals, 3 assists). But the most we had seen of Caron this season in Boston was the couple of times he worked with Strength and Conditioning Coach John Whitesides, as he was returning to 100 percent.
"I got the call late last night, and they told me to come up here," said Caron of receiving the recall. "And because of the storm I had to leave pretty early from Providence and got here right on time for practice."
As the snow storm began to settle outside the arena, Caron ran through drills, showcasing his big frame and speed on the ice.
"I just want to play the same way I always do," he said from his new stall in the locker room with his nameplate and the No. 38, seated right next to his offseason training partner and fellow Quebec native, Patrice Bergeron.
"Being good on the forecheck, creating turnovers, being good defensively, and just chip in offensively as well."
Along with the announcement that Caron had been recalled, it was announced that Chris Bourque had cleared waivers (after being placed on them Thursday) and was assigned to Providence.
Following the skate, Coach Julien gave his "scouting report" on Caron, knowing his play as of late, along with the time during the lockout he spent in Providence watching the baby B's - and in the same breath, also addressed Bourque's return down I-95.
"From what I’ve been told, he’s been really good the last five, six games. He’s a player that’s been here ,that’s got some experience," said Coach of Caron. "You send a guy down, you bring somebody else up. Like I said, we’re trying to improve our team and we’re going to give those guys an opportunity to show that they belong here or that they don’t."
Caron is no stranger to the Boston group, having finished last season in the spoked-B, after being recalled on February 4, 2012. Throughout 2011-12, he was recalled seven times, playing in a total of 48 games, recording 15 points with seven goals and eight assists.
"I thought he played pretty well at the end of last year. He’s a big body, he’s strong along the walls," said Coach Julien. "And we asked him to do some things in Providence this year, take pucks to the net, get to the net. He’s done that. It’s about giving him that opportunity now, to show us that he’s gotten better."
While Coach acknowledged Caron was maybe a little snake-bitten to start the year, he's been working to improve his game every day, especially in an injury-laden season.
"He had to work on his consistency and [then] he starts finding his game and then he gets injured, so it’s been one of those years for Jordan," said Coach.
"He’s had a couple of nasty injuries that just set him back. That’s tough sometimes when you’re in and out, in and out to get yourself on a roll."
"Again, he’s been playing pretty well the last half dozen games. That’s why they’re giving him an opportunity to come here and maybe give him a chance to play."
Following practice, when asked if he would be looking to get Caron into the lineup quickly, Coach said he'll be looking at his team tomorrow, as they head into a Saturday matinee against the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time this season.
"We’ll see. We’ve got to make some decisions here for tomorrow’s game."