Injuries create opportunities. Nobody wants to see a guy get hurt, but when it happens, it opens up a spot for someone else to make an impact. The Bruins have been hit pretty hard with the injury bug over the last few games. Two of these many injuries, Chris Kelly (fractured tibia) and Loui Eriksson (concussion), have left holes in the lineup. Both of these players will be out for an extended period of time, so the B’s have called up AHL scoring machines Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser.
It is exciting to see these two guys get the call up from Providence despite the somber circumstances regarding their promotion. This is especially true given they outstanding seasons they are both having with the baby B’s.
Spooner was the Bruins’ 2nd round draft pick during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Last season with the Providence Bruins, he had 17 goals, 40 assists, and a +17 in 59 games. This season in the AHL he has 5 goals, 18 assists, and a +6 in 21 games. He has a high hockey IQ to go along with his impressive speed and vision. He has developed into quite the offensive weapon in the AHL, and there is plenty of potential there for him to turn into a productive NHLer.
A nice comparable for Spooner would be current Bruins forward Reilly Smith. Both players are quick, shifty, and their high end puck moving ability helps them make up for their lack of physicality. Although, Smith is a little bigger than Spooner, so he will have to contend with that throughout his career. The young center also has 2 assists in 2 games from a prior call-up earlier in the season.