BOSTON (CBS) – The 23-year-old right winger has just one goal in 23 games this season and has struggled to find any semblance of consistency and production since being drafted by the Bruins in 2009.
Bruins radio play-by-play man Dave Goucher thinks time is running out for Jordan Caron to make an impact on this team.
“I find it hard to see Caron playing any meaningful part of this team. He’s had multiple opportunities, he really has. He was a first round pick in 2009 and really hasn’t taken advantage of it,” Goucher said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich program.
With other younger players like Reilly Smith, Ryan Spooner and Carl Soderberg stepping in and producing, it’s hard to justify extensive playing time for Caron anymore.
“The problem that he has now is that he’s had other players go by him on the depth chart. They brought in Reilly Smith in that trade from Dallas, they brought over Loui Eriksson in that trade from Dallas and they brought in Carl Soderberg over from Sweden – so they’ve had other guys come in here. Brad Marchand came up a few years ago and obviously he’s a key member of the team now.”
“I find it hard to figure out where he’s going to be able to fit into it. Ryan Spooner has come up, he’s another one. So what happens with him [Caron] from here on out, I don’t know. Maybe they decide to put him on waivers or try and move him to another team, but it seems hard to believe that he would be a significant part of it here going forward.”
After missing 15 games with a concussion, Loui Eriksson returned to the Bruins’ lineup Saturday and logged 13:18 of ice time against the Sharks.
It’s a step in the right direction for Eriksson, who was brought over from Dallas as the centerpiece in the Tyler Seguin trade – but so far he hasn’t been healthy enough for the Bruins to see his full potential.
Goucher is eager to see how he progresses back from his head injury.
“I’m curious to see where Eriksson goes from here. I know this last concussion really scared him. He had two in 45 days, and it was the third of his career. It’s going to take him a few games to kind of get back into the swing of it. For one game the other night, I thought it was pretty good.”
We’ll see how he does tonight as the Bruins take on the Maple Leafs at the TD Garden, pregame coverage beings at 6:30pm right here on 98.5 The Sports Hub!
Listen below for the full discussion with: