Caron’s career at a crossroads? – ESPN (blog)
The 23-year-old forward is entering his fifth pro season, and the former first-round (No. 25 overall) pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft hasn’t built a solid resume at this level.
Instead, he has spent most of his time in Providence of the AHL during his pro career. In 2013-14, he finally spent an entire season with the Bruins, but he played only 35 regular-season games and seven postseason games.
The Bruins signed Caron this summer to a one-year, one-way deal worth $600,000, which is $40,000 less than what he earned the season before. A week into training camp, the Bruins have four open forward positions, and Caron is considered a candidate for one of them. He has been playing on a line with Carl Soderberg and Daniel Paille.
“Every year he seems to have to come in here and battle for a spot and that’s what he’s doing again this year and he knows that,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “He’s fared well [in camp]. I see a guy who has worked hard to come to camp in the best shape ever. He’s in tremendous shape and he’s working hard. He’s really focusing on skating, creating things. Just like everybody else we’ve talked about so far, we’ve got to allow him to play in some preseason games, evaluate him and make those decisions before the season starts.”
Caron, Ryan Spooner, Matt Fraser, Seth Griffith, Alex Khokhlachev, Justin Florek, Ville Leino and Simon Gagne are all in the mix. If Caron doesn’t impress, it’s likely that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli could deal Caron before the regular season begins.
In four seasons, Caron has played only 123 …read more