Last season saw some great, young talent crack their way into the defensive lines of the Boston Bruins. Players, such as Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug had an opportunity to show what they could offer not only during the regular season, but the playoffs as well. However, a lack of opportunity in the forward lines stiffled the emergence of a few potential stars trying to breakthrough and play on a regular basis. One such player was Jordan Caron.
The Bruins run of success since their Stanley Cup victory in 2011 has not prompted much need for change in the forward lines. That now looks set to change. Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin and Jaromir Jagr are all gone from the roster, specifically the right wing where Caron plays. With Jerome Iginla and Loui Erikson taking up the first two right wings, the third remains open and ready for the taking for a hungry, young winger to seize his chance.
Caron has had success in the lower leagues, but has only been given a handful of games to play in with the Boston Bruins. He still has room to develop at 22 years old and with his large frame of 6-foot-3 and 203 pounds, he could be a good physical force on a third line.
It is still unclear what Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli plans to do with the last big question mark on the squad. There has been talk of bringing back Jagr for another season, but he might be snached up by then by another team. Unless the Bruins are looking to trade, the only real option available is to promote from within and let some players prove themselves. Jordan Caron looks poised to do so.
Tim N. is a Boston Bruins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @timnikolou