Caron/By S. Bradley

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins rookie Jordan Caron is not a player you judge on points.

The 20-year-old is among the Bruins’ leaders in penalty-kill time and one of the club’s more responsible players in the defensive zone.

However, he found himself as a healthy scratch for the first time since opening day last night for Marc Savard’s return from injury in an 8-1 romp of Tampa Bay.

Head coach Claude Julien had this to say today after practice at Ristuccia Arena about Caron’s situation and his team’s overall depth.

“He’s been fine. I think as a young player, you have your ups and downs. I don’t think his down has been a bad down,” said Julien. “It’s an opportunity, when guys are in their first year and they’re young players, sometimes sitting back and watching a little bit doesn’t hurt. Right now, with Savvy back in the lineup, I think if you look at our lineup right now, it is what it is, right?

“Dan Paille’s another good player that when he’s playing with lots of confidence is a guy you can easily put into your lineup. So I guess as a coach, you’re happy you’ve got that situation and you’ve got that competition that’s always there. Is it helping certain players play well? I hope so.”

So in addition to the other positive things Caron has done in his first pro season, you can maybe credit him a bit for the revitalized play of the likes of Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder.