WILMINGTON, Mass. -- In his first game with the Bruins this season, recent call-up Jordan Caron assisted on Chris Kelly’s second goal of the season in a 3-0 win over the Flyers Saturday.
Only time will tell if Jordan Caron is the right fit on the third line and is able to help Kelly and Rich Peverley contribute offensively and provide some needed scoring depth. But one thing is for sure. In terms of frustration levels this season, Caron will fit right in with Kelly and Peverley, who have just a combined five goals and 13 points between them.
After suffering a shoulder injury that kept him off the training camp roster, Caron returned to the Providence lineup to suffer a scary injury after taking a puck just under his right eye. Caron's production was down as well as he suffered through a stretch with just one goal in 21 games.
After having such a promising stint with the Bruins around this time last season, one wondered when Caron would get the chance to regain that momentum toward a permanent spot at the NHL level. While he has 10 goals in 44 games, the winger had been playing well at both ends of the ice with Providence of late and he’s hoping to find his stride again with Boston.
“You don’t want to think it’s not going to happen [in the NHL] because then you might stop playing if you have no goal,” the Bruins’ 2009 first-round pick said. “I just wanted to stay positive and keep working hard in games and practices. I wanted this year to be my first full regular season, but it just didn’t happen because of the lockout, injuries and other stuff. But I’m still young and I have time to do that.”
Coach Claude Julien has coached Caron for parts of the last two seasons and expected the Quebec native to find his way back onto the Boston roster this season, but he acknowledged some doubt after the frustrating start to Caron's season.
“Things crept up on him and he appeared snake-bitten with the injuries,” Julien said. “But the organization felt he’d played a strong half-dozen games in Providence, and he showed that again [Saturday].
“He worked hard. He was strong along the boards and made those plays on Kelly’s goal. He’s a big, strong power forward that is going to allow us to be better on the walls. He’s also pretty good at giving us some net-front presence and that’s what he was doing [Saturday].”
Caron also was happy with his game and happy to help his new linemates. He wanted to make sure he provided everything he could for Kelly and Peverley considering the scrutiny they have been under lately.
“I knew about it,” Caron said of criticism directed at Kelly and Peverley. “I have been reading a lot about it in the media and I just wanted to come up and play my game. I didn’t have any pressure so I just wanted to jump in there and chip in offensively. It went well and hopefully we’re going to keep it going.”
Kelly appreciated Caron’s presence.
“I thought Jordy played extremely well,” Kelly said. “He got in on the forecheck, he moved the puck well, he was skating well, he was good in his own end and he made a nice pass on the goal. He did a lot of the little things that helped us throughout the course of the game, like not turning the puck over and knowing when to make a play. I thought he played extremely well.”