Thursday, September 22, 2011

P-Bruins Player Puckbag: Jordan Caron

Opening statement
After a rookie year split between Boston and Providence, Jordan Caron is a presumptive candidate to take a permanent roster spot at the NHL level. But there is no guarantee he will not run into the same situation that had him fostering with the P-Bruins during the final two-thirds of last season.

2010-11 Highlights
• Scored three goals, including a game-winner, in seven games-played over the month of October for Boston.
• Had six multi-point games with Providence.
• Two power-play goals, an assist and a team-high five shots on goal in a 5-3 home loss to Binghamton Jan. 9.
• Held without a shot on net in only five out of 47 games-played for Providence.
• Scored go-ahead goal and assisted on empty-netter in third period to beat Portland, 4-2, on Jan. 28.
• Scored two unanswered goals to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead en route to a 5-4 home win over Portland April 8.

2010-11 Lowlights
• Failed to score a goal in each of his first nine games with Providence.
• Took six of the team’s 12 penalty minutes, including a high-sticking double-minor, at Bridgeport on Jan. 2.
• Posted a minus-3 rating on three occasions (Dec. 31, Jan. 22 and Mar. 26).

2011-12 Outlook
With so little overhaul on the defending champion Boston Bruins, Caron’s shot at being a full-time fixture in The Show is hit-or-miss this season.

On the one hand, he is in competition with Benoit Pouliot, Chris Clark and Josh Hennessy to fill one hole among forwards on the game night depth chart. On the other hand, with post-Cup hangover bound to take its toll and occasional injuries bound to occur, Caron ought to see more game action than he was in November of last year.

Either way, general manager Peter Chiarelli is going to give the towering sophomore scorer a chance to stay active somehow.