Over the years, we have seen Milan Lucic and Blake Wheeler make the Boston Bruins roster out of training camp. We didn’t expect the young stars to make it, but due to available spots on the roster they accomplished the task. This season there are two potential forward spots open with the departures of Michael Ryder and Mark Recchi. Who will fill those voids?
The two players to look at are Jordan Caron and Jared Knight. Caron was up for some of the first part of last season, and he impressed early on. After making the team out of training camp, he played better than rookie phenom Tyler Seguin. But Caron did not see much time in the second half of the season and none of the playoffs, and he should be more improved with another year of experience.
Knight was one of the draft picks the Bruins used after acquring it from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Phil Kessel trade. The Bruins drafted Seguin with the #2 overall pick in that draft and then used their #32 overall pick to get Knight. He played with the London Knights of the OHL for 68 games where he scored 25 goals and 45 assists. He then picked up two assists with the Providence Bruins in three games.
Ryan Spooner could be another name battling to be on the roster, but these two are the ones to keep your eyes on. If Knight impresses in camp he certainly will be someone they look at, and it seems like Caron will be on the roster for sure, unless he bombs during the pre season games.
The Bruins roster from the Stanley Cup is relatively the same on offense, only losing Ryder who struggled, and an aging Recchi. Adding these youthful players will help add to an already experienced lineup who know how to win.