After making rookie winger Jordan Caron a healthy scratch in four of the last five games, the Bruins decided on Monday that it was best for Caron to be sent down to Providence in the AHL where he could get more playing time. To the surprise of some, Caron, 20, made the team out of training camp and immediately earned regular shifts on the penalty kill with his strong skating and instincts. But in the last month it appeared that maybe the 25th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft had hit a bit of a wall. On Tuesday, head coach Claude Julien stressed that the assignment to Providence was more for playing time and development purposes.
"It's never an easy decision because the guy has been here since the beginning of the year," Julien said. "At the same time, he's a young player. I mean, David Krejci went back-and-forth and I don't think that hurt his career, it probably helped him. So I think those decisions are always made with the right intentions. Management wants to see him play and at this stage of his career he can be brought up and down as much as we want because he doesn't have to clear waivers or anything like that. We just want to see him progress and he's going to progress by playing."
Julien is hoping Caron can build his confidence and start driving to the net more.
"In front of the net, he's good at picking up those loose pucks and he's shown me in those rookie games they played here, how good he was in front of the net," Julien said. "He can get the opportunity to do that with Providence maybe and get his confidence as far as taking pucks to the net and scoring goals and growing from there."