Spooner

Even though he’s one of the smaller players in this year’s draft class, Bruins second-round pick Ryan Spooner thinks he can reach up and touch the stars.

Spooner told the media in Los Angeles that he tries to emulate Mario Lemieux and Steve Yzerman, two guys that the Bruins will be lucky if Spooner even becomes half the player they are.

He’s certainly not shy about what he hopes to bring to Boston down the road.

“[I’m] an offensive player. Obviously I’m smaller, so I use my speed and my quickness to get out of situations with bigger defensemen in the corner,” he said after he was picked 45th overall. “And also, I can be both a goal-scorer and a playmaker, so that’s what sets me apart from most other smaller forwards.”

Spooner was actually ranked by CSS 43 spots ahead of Jared Knight, who the Bruins chose 32nd overall and who wasn’t in attendance at the draft.