Friday, March 9, 2012
Caron making most of opportunity
By James Murphy
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- After riding the I-95 express between Providence of the AHL and Boston for most of the season, it appears Jordan Caron is finally seizing the opportunity to stick at the NHL level. Caron has three goals and three assists in his last three games and now finds himself getting top six forward minutes as he was promoted to a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand during the Bruins’ 3-1 win over the Sabres on Thursday. Caron is thriving off the increased playing time and is feeling very confident right now.
“I feel pretty good right now and I’m getting more and more ice time so I think that’s something that I really like,” Caron said following the win over Buffalo. “I think it’s easier when you play 12, 13, 14 minutes a game. It really gets you in the game and gets your legs going and you get more confidence when you get out there.”
The 2009 first-round draft pick also credited his success to a better forecheck and his switch back to his natural position at right wing.
“I think our forecheck has been really good the last few games and I think it’s always been a part of my game to get the puck down low,” Caron pointed out. “I’m playing low and when I get a chance to forecheck, I forecheck and getting it to the net from the corners. I think that’s always been my game.
Also, I was left wing when I got to Providence and I asked to go on the right side to get back to my junior position and I think that’s something that I really like. Playing right wing, it’s sometimes harder on the defensive zone, but offensively I think I really like it.”((
Julien has been thrilled to see the offensive outburst from Caron and that is why he promoted him to the line with Bergeron and Marchand.
“I think Jordan has been playing extremely well the past two, three games,” said Julien. “He’s really seemed to find his stride and confidence, and that line has been good for us -- the ‘Bergy’ [Bergeron] line with ‘Rolly’ [Brian Rolston] and ‘Marsh’ [Marchand]. But I felt like somewhere along the way, we needed a little bit more offense and since Caron has been going well, I wanted to see what that was going to give us.”