BOSTON — Sometimes an NHL head coach will hold back a little when complimenting a rookie that was just drafted and is going through his first NHL training camp.
However, when asked about 2010 second-round pick Ryan Spooner, Bruins head coach Claude Julien lauded the center who’s scheduled to play his second NHL preseason game Saturday night against Florida at TD Garden.
“He’s one of those player that’s really impressed me with the fact that he’s got unbelievable hockey sense,” said Julien. “And sometimes you’ve got a player that has a lot of talent, a lot of skill, but the little details of the game he still has to figure out. This player here, to me, already has that part figured out.
“He’s an extremely smart individual and he does the little things, right now, that sometimes it takes us two to three years to really teach one of our players at this level. So that’s something he’s really got going for himself right now that’s really impressive, to my eyes anyway. I’m not saying that means that he’s ready. But just saying that that’s something that’s not always easy to teach, and that’s sometimes what gets certain players the opportunity to be great players in this league.”