Bruins forward Jordan Caron was recalled from Providence (AHL) on Jan. 12. Since then he has played in five games and recorded one goal. Despite the lack of production, he will remain on the roster for the time being.
Zach Hamill went unclaimed on waivers and sent back down to Providence, opening the door for Caron to solidify a roster spot. That position seemed like a daunting task for Caron since he was sent down to the AHL on four separate occasions this season.
The former first round draft pick has skated in 18 games and posted two goals and two assists during the 2011-12 season. Caron has been skating at practice on a line with David Krejci and Benoit Pouliot. The reason for this is due to the absence of Nathan Horton as he is experiencing concussion symptoms. Once the team gets healthy again, Caron will be a healthy scratch.
Last year Caron skated in 23 games for Boston. Even though most of his ice time came at the expense of injuries to other players, he remained on the roster. He is a player that has a strong upper body and good puck control along the boards. He is also not afraid to go to the dirty spots in front of the net.
Former Bruin and future Hall of Famer Mark Recchi used to have a similar style of play during his 22-year career. Caron still has a long way to go before he can be outright compared to Recchi.
Once the retirement of Recchi was announced, the Bruins had a decision to make. The decision was not so much who would skate on what line but more so who would be filling the void that would complete the team.
The Bruins went out and signed Pouliot to a one-year deal during the offseason. Caron and Pouliot had a friendly competition during training camp as they battled for a roster spot. The spot was ultimately claimed by Pouliot.
With this season approaching its final two months, Caron will have his chance to wear the black and gold for the remainder of this season and even next season.
Daniel Paille, a fourth-line winger, has an expiring contract at the end of this season. Both Caron and Paille are useful on the penalty kill, but Caron has more of an offensive presence. He would be a solid fit on an energy line that is one of the best in the league.
The Pouliot deal is also up at the conclusion of this season. Caron can have a chance to work his way up in the lineup, much like the way Brad Marchand did.
The only thing that could hurt Caron is that he might be included in a trade that could get done before the deadline on February 27.