BostonBruins.com -- Ryan Spooner
was returned to his junior club in Peterborough after an impressive training camp. He has jumped out to a quick start with the Petes, as the 18-year-old has tallied 10 goals and nine assists in the club’s first 12 games.
Since his return to Peterborough, the high-scoring center has secured a leadership role within his junior club.
“I guess [I] just lead by example on the ice. Do the things that the coach asks and [the young guys] see that you’re doing it so they follow, and you’ve just got to be approachable, be nice to all the young guys, support them, encourage them, and even when they make mistakes, which they’re going to, everyone does, just be positive,” he said of his role on the team.
His experience with the veterans at the Boston Bruins training camp provided deeper insight into what it takes to perform in the NHL.
“I probably learned a bunch of little things from looking at guys like Patrice Bergeron
and just all the centermen there, just watching them in practice and picking up on all the little things that they do.
“I was just trying to do those things that they do so that when Boston comes to watch me, they realize that I’m focusing on those things and it’ll make a better chance for me to make the team next year,” he said.
Since returning to juniors, Spooner has used his stint with the big club to deepen his understanding of the game.
“I think that’s one of the keys to a team being successful is trusting the person on your line and trusting everyone, and if you don’t have that trust then your team isn’t necess
arily going to succeed.
“I think most cases, you have to have a sense of team unity and have everyone on the same page, and I think that’s what happened on our team and I think that’s why we won [in the rookie games].”