The Boston Bruins have changed their travel plans and decided to call up Ryan Spooner from the AHL Providence Bruins before heading up to Montreal.
Spooner will join the team on Feb. 5 and go over the border with them to Canada, where they will practice at the Bell Centre instead of at Ristuccia Memorial Arena as originally planned. Then on Feb. 6, he could very well have his NHL debut against the Montreal Canadiens, the team his dad likes best.
Right now, Spooner is tied with Jamie Tardif–another P-Bruin called up to the parent club–for the team lead in scoring. He has 30 points, all but nine of those assists. He’s had a scoring touch since his days in the OHL, where he never had a season with less than 54 points scored. Between the Peterborough Petes and Kingston Frontenacs, his 2010-11 campaign saw him scoring 81 points. He spent most of 2011-12 in juniors after a short time in Providence, putting up 66 points again split between two separate teams.
The team has also scheduled a media availability for tomorrow morning that could be for the purpose of announcing who will and will not be going to travel to the home of the Habs. This is probably why Spooner was called up in the first place: four different players are in various stages of questionable playability.
First is Shawn Thornton, still out with a concussion. I doubt that he will play, even though he is recovering at a blistering pace. Daniel Paille is feeling better, but hasn’t been cleared by team doctors to play yet. Brad Marchand is also getting over an injury and progressing well. David Krejci took a maintenance day from practice.
Spooner could conceivably be subbing for any one of these guys. I guess we’ll see which one soon enough.