Spooner sent back to Providence

BOSTON -- Prior to Sunday’s practice, the Boston Bruins assigned forward Ryan Spooner back to Providence of the AHL.

Spooner was recalled on March 18 and played three games. When David Krejci injured his leg and was forced to miss a game against the Winnipeg Jets earlier in the week, Spooner served as the Bruins’ top-line centerman, alongside Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic. Krejci missed only one game, but Bruins coach Claude Julien kept the rookie in the lineup against the Ottawa Senators and scratched veteran Rich Peverley.

Spooner remained in the lineup against the Maple Leafs on Saturday, when forward Jordan Caron was a healthy scratch.

Even though Spooner was sent back to Providence, Julien felt it was a good experience for the prospect.

“He was fine,” Julien said. “It was a big step for him. His first year out of junior and Providence, and we put him his first game in between Lucic and Horton, and I thought he did pretty well with the right wingers around him. Krejci came back, and [Spooner went] on a different line, experience was what was lacking with him. We often got caught in our own end when his line was on the ice, but the skill level and everything else, we see it in practice and it’s really good.

“It was a good opportunity for him and it was good he got the chance to play with us. He certainly wasn’t a liability, but right now we’ve got some guys that are back and we should be able to move forward here.”

Prior to his recall to Boston, Spooner had 15 goals and 37 assists for 52 points in 58 games for the P-Bruins.