Since the Bruins used their first round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft to select Jordan Caron, the forward hasn’t come anywhere close to meeting the expectations that come with being a first round draft pick.
Caron has shown signs of promise at times during his four-year tenure with the Bruins, but with just 12 goals in 123 regular season games, Caron has yet to show he belongs on an NHL roster.
Filling in for an injured Daniel Paille, Caron has seen some time on the Bruins fourth line in these 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In the Bruins first two games against the Detroit Red Wings Caron was solid. He was using his big body to win puck battles and it seemed like he had a bit of a fire under him to prove his worth.
In Game 3, Caron was able to do something with that fire, and do something in a big way. Caron used his speed and intelligence to score his first career playoff goal, extending the Bruins lead to two at the time and helping the Bruins take a 2-1 series lead over the Red Wings.
“I think we went on the ice and I saw Thorty [Shawn Thornton] going wide and I looked left and there was no one, so I knew we had a two-on-one” said Caron.
“Thorty made a nice back hand toe drag to put it on net, so it was a nice shot by Thorty and the rebound came into the slot and I was just trying to get it in”
Caron has had some tough luck over the past four years with scoring goals, this season especially. In the regular season Caron manged just one official goal, but should have had two more as two of Caron’s potential goals were disallowed.
On Tuesday, Caron wanted to make sure his playoff tally was actually a goal before any kind of celebration with his teammates.
“Yeah, I actually looked at the ref to make sure that one went in before I cellied” said a smiling Caron. “Felt pretty good to see the light go on and everything.”
When the regular season ended in New Jersey back on April 13, many thought it would be the last anyone would see of Caron in a Bruins jersey. The 23-year old Caron is set to be a restricted free agent this season and with the emergence of guys like Justin Florek and Ryan Spooner, not many people expect Caron back in Boston next season.
For Caron he is trying to do the best he can, working his way into the lineup and helping out the team whichever way he can.
“They told me at the start of the season I was going to be the 13th forward, so I knew what to expect and I kept working hard all year, right now I get to play in the playoffs and it’s pretty exciting. I’m really happy to be playing right now’ Caron said.
Shawn Thornton has been a staple on the Bruins fourth line since coming to Boston. Thornton has seen his fair share of young guys come and go, but after a few games on the same line as his, Thornton is very happy to see Caron’s hard work pay off.
“He played really well for us, he’s been a good fit on our line, works hard, he’s a really smart hockey player, he’s in the right place at the right time, he’s strong on pucks and he has been going to the net. It’s been fun having him for a little bit” said Thornton.
So far this series it’s been the Bruins secondary scoring leading the offensive charge, if that continues, good things should come to the Boston Bruins.
See what Caron, Thornton and others had to say following the Bruins 3-0 Game 3 victory Tuesday night:
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