Caron finding game at Providence

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- There was no way Boston Bruins prospect Jordan Caron was going to miss Monday's semifinal game of the World Junior Championships between Canada and Team USA.

Caron, currently playing for the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, and a few of his teammates watched the WJC game on a computer, while also watching the Bruins game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on NESN at their apartment in Providence.

"We were watching both games, but mostly Canada," Caron said with a smile Tuesday following the P-Bruins' practice at the R.I. Sports Center. "It was a fun game to watch."

A year ago, Caron was a member of Team Canada at the World Juniors and won a silver medal after losing to Team USA in the championship game. He felt the enthusiasm as some of his former teammates pounded the U.S., 4-1, Monday night.

"It was fun," he said. "It was hard last year losing in the finals to the U.S. It was tough because we came so close to winning a gold medal, but we came up short. [Monday] night was fun to watch the guys and they played very well. They dominated the whole game and it was good to see that."

A single year can make a major difference in a player's career.

Boston selected Caron with its first pick (25th overall) in the 2009 NHL draft, and he entered this season, his first as a pro, with high expectations.

Caron should have started the season in the AHL. Sure, he played well during training camp and in the exhibition season, but because of injuries to Bruins forwards Marc Savard and Marco Sturm, Caron found himself on the NHL roster instead.

The 20-year-old winger played in 20 games with Boston and registered three goals and four assists before he was sent to Providence on Dec. 6.

"It was hard," Caron said of being sent down. "When you play in the NHL, you want to stay there. It was a dream playing there and it was hard the first couple of days to accept being sent down. But after that with the guys [in Providence] and the coaching staff, everything has been great. I've moved on and told myself to come here and work hard."

Caron has done just that for the P-Bruins. In both games and practices, he plays like he's still in the NHL.

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