Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Caron 'happy' to be back up in NHL
By Joe McDonald
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- For the first time since being assigned to the Providence Bruins of the AHL on Dec. 6, rookie Jordan Caron is back with the Boston club.
The 20-year-old forward, who was recalled on Monday, practiced with the Bruins on Tuesday morning at Ristuccia Arena and is expected to be in the lineup against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night at TD Garden.
Caron began the season with Boston and played 20 games, posting three goals and four assists, until he was assigned to the P-Bruins. He played in 27 games for Providence and has registered 6 goals, 11 assists for 17 points.
“We liked the way he played,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “Maybe his play dipped a little bit earlier on and we felt he was one of those young guys who could benefit from going down, playing more and finding his game.
“He’s been playing pretty well [in Providence] and it was an opportunity for him to come up and help us out,” Julien added.
After practice, Caron said he’s ready to take full advantage of his latest opportunity.
“I was pretty happy,” he said. “Everybody wants to play in the NHL and I was very happy when I got the call.
“I was disappointed when I got sent down, but I think it was good for me to get a lot of ice time [in Providence] and improve what I need to work on. It was a good thing for me.”