WILMINGTON, Mass. — Veteran players might be better equipped to handle being a consistent healthy scratch than rookies, but first-year pro Jordan Caron is doing and saying the right things right now for the Bruins.
The 20-year-old winger hasn’t skated in Boston’s last two games since Marc Savard returned to the lineup. Caron says that until this year (he was also a healthy scratch for the Bruins’ season-opener in Prague) he hadn’t been a healthy scratch since he was 15 and in his first year of major junior hockey.
However, he’s not hanging his head.
“I talked to the coaches and stuff, and I wasn’t playing bad or anything,” he said after practice today at Ristuccia Arena. “It’s just … I was expecting that at the start of the season, such a deep lineup. I’m still young and still improving, so I think it’s just something that comes along with being a rookie and trying to make a name for yourself in the league. I’ve got to keep working hard to get back in the lineup.”
Caron has company among the scratches with Daniel Paille and Marco Sturm also trying to work their way back into the lineup. Coincidentally, all three are left wingers and all three are penalty-killers. That should be even more beneficial to Caron’s development.
At some point the decision might be made to send Caron to the Providence (AHL) farm club for some more seasoning. Heck, the struggling P-Bruins could sure use a dose of someone of Caron’s caliber. But for now Caron is in Boston and enjoying the NHL life.
“I’m not going to be the one making that decision,” said Caron, who has posted 3-4-7 totals in 20 games. “For now, I think I played good lately, the last games I played, and we have such a deep lineup. For sure, I want to be on the ice playing games, but I’m not going to be the one making that decision. Right now, I’m happy being here and practicing with the guys and being around. So I just want to stay positive and hopefully get my shot.”