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The reason the 20-year-old forward participated was due to the fact that veteran Mark Recchi rarely skates on game days. Plus, with the injury to Nathan Horton (concussion) the Bruins were down a forward.
Caron played a total of 23 games for the Bruins this season, but spent the majority of the year in the AHL with the Providence Bruins. His last stint in Boston was Feb. 7-14. He was recalled on April 12 and has been a member of the Black Aces throughout the playoffs.
“It’s different. I didn’t know what to expect,” Caron said. “The coaches and players have been great to us, and we’ve had a chance to travel and stuff. Now, just to be with the team and being in the room during the Stanley Cup final is a lot of fun.”
Being around a Cup contender has already served as motivation for Caron.
“By watching the game you see how different it is from the regular season,” Caron said. “The pace is so high. I’m going into the summer [with the mindset] that I want to make the team out of training camp and stay for the whole season and hopefully get back to the final next year.”
Barring an injury to another Bruins forward this series, however, Caron will remain a keen observer.
Julien did say that Caron would participate in the pregame warmup for Game 4.
“You never know what can happen over the course of a day,” Julien explained. "A player can get sick or something can happen. We’re playing it safe. We put 23 guys out there [for warmup].”
Even when Seguin was a healthy scratch in the first two rounds of the playoffs, he still participated in the game-day skates and pregame warmups. The same can be said for rookie defenseman Steven Kampfer.
“Jordan has an opportunity to live that same experience,” Julien said. “Besides the game, you look at ways to help your young players grow and that’s one of the ways.”