Throughout the offseason, Bruins Daily will be posting daily report cards on each individual members of the 2011-12 NHL season Boston Bruins.
In order of jersey number, each player will be highlighted. In today’s edition, we have No. 38 Jordan Caron.
Name: Jordan Caron
Weight: 203 lbs
Contract: RFA in 2013-14
Cap hit: $1.1M per season
2011-12 NHL Season stats:
Regular season: 48 GP, 7-8-15, Even, 14 PIM, 57 SOG
Playoffs: 2 GP, 0-0-0, minus-1 0 PIM, 12 SOG
Jordon Caron was very undervalued as a Bruin in 2012. Although he only notched seven goals and eight assists (15 points) in 48 games played, he blocked dozens of shots and was not afraid to use his body. He had 64 hits and most importantly was a tremendous asset on the Bruins penalty-kill. He is a very scrappy, hard-nosed player who is not afraid to put his body in front of the opposing team’s net to help his team. Caron is only 21 years of age and he has plenty of promise for the Bruins. Many Bruins fans were shocked he was not on the ice over Shawn Thornton towards the end of the playoffs, but it was evident Claude Julien wanted experience in that crucial time.
Caron had six stints in Providence (AHL) and although he did not dress for the Bruins in all 81 games, look for Caron to be a fixture on the roster next year.
Final Grade: B
Let me first start by saying that I am a huge Jordan Caron fan. Huge. I think he’s exactly the type of player the Bruins need, not only in their lineup on a permanent basis, but on the power play. The 2009 first-round draft pick hangs around those dirty areas around the net and isn’t afraid to pay the price. He uses his 6-foot-2 frame by parking himself around the blue paint — screening and looking for redirects and chances to jump on loose pucks. He registered 15 blocked shots, 64 hits, and 57 shots on net in 48 regular season games while averaging bottom-3 minutes at 11:31 per game. He also continues to prove his worth by logging some valuable ice-time on the penalty-kill. While I wasn’t a fan of dressing him over Shawn Thornton in Games 6 & 7 this past post season, I do believe with the right minutes and situations, Caron can be that Esposito-like player to score the majority of his goals in those nasty areas — a place where the Bruins seem to lack.
Final grade: B+
To echo Mark, Jordan Caron fits the Bruins’ mold perfectly. While the power forward saw some ice time early in the 2010-11 season, he found himself seeing more ice time in the second half of the year and did more than just hold his own in the time he was on the ice in 48 regular season games and two playoff contests (even though I, too, thought Shawn Thornton was still a more logical fit despite the injury to Patrice Bergeron). That said, I can easily see Caron on the Bruins’ third line next year with Rich Peverley and/or Benoit Pouliot or Chris Kelly assuming one or both players will don the Black and Gold for another year. Even if Nathan Horton is healthy enough to skate next year, Caron is a similar type of player and it doesn’t hurt to have more than one of those greasy scorers on the team and that’s where Caron’s presence can pay dividends.
I’m going to be a bit harder on Caron then the other three. I had high hopes for Caron coming into the season. With the off-season signing off Beniot Pouliot I knew it would be tough for Caron to crack the lineup out of camp, but I expected that this would be the year that Caron would finally burst onto the scene and earn himself a permanent spot on the Bruins roster. Caron showed some tremendous signs of talent at times throughout his 48 games for the Bruins. With the Bruins having four forwards currently unsigned doors could finally be opening for Caron next season, but then again, guys like Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner are knocking on those doors.
Final Grade: C