Bruins’ call-up of Caron kicks competition into high gear

Caron/By S. Bradley

Will teeny-boppers that attend Bruins games at TD Garden just to catch a glance at matinee idol Tyler Seguin need to start wrenching their necks to soak in the sight of their dream boy?

The likelihood that Seguin will be a press-box visitor during upcoming games increased tonight with Boston’s recall of Jordan Caron from the Providence (AHL) farm club. Even with Daniel Paille still out on suspension, the Bruins now have 13 available forwards. It would stand to reason that if Boston wants to leave Zach Hamill in the lineup, Seguin would be candidate No. 1 for some healthy scratches.

Slumping Blake Wheeler and tough guy Shawn Thornton would also be candidates. But too often this season the Bruins have needed Thornton’s hands to take care of the dirty work and score timely goals. And despite his scoring struggles (no goals in 11 games), Wheeler is a key component in Boston’s successful penalty kill. Of course, Caron was a prime PK performer when he started the regular season with Boston.

Seguin has scored one goal in his last 11 games and has skated 10:05 or less of ice time in six of his last eight games.

Whatever head coach Claude Julien decides is sure to raise some eyebrows. But for now, at least we know complacency will not be visiting the Bruins’ practice ice.

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