The Boston Bruins have made some significant moves to their group of forwards and only have one spot left to fill. All signs point to that spot being filled from within the organization.
Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson might get flip flopped throughout the season, other than that the top six forwards are set. The fourth line should remain the same as it has been for the past few years. Leaving the all-important third line which has the vacant and up for grabs position on the right side.
Chris Kelly has been tossed into some trade rumors but General Manager Peter Chiarelli has said, “we’re done for now” so lets move on assuming that Kelly is the third-line center. Carl Soderberg who looked like he can play the NHL game by getting thrown in the mix for two Stanley Cup Final games and not being horrible is most likely playing on the left wing.
Ideally you would want a right shot on the right wing. There are two right-handed Providence Bruins that will surely get a look: Jared Knight and Carter Camper. Knight has had some injury problems since making the jump to the professional game but has potential and plays the straight-forward Bruins game. Camper has played three games with the Bruins and is coming off a strong AHL playoff. Camper is more NHL ready and has a better chance to make the team.
There are two left shots that also will be in the mix for this final spot: Jordan Caron and Ryan Spooner. Caron has been with the Bruins for a few different stints and hasn’t been horrible but has never lived up to first round hopes. Spooner is a natural center but would surely do whatever he is asked to play in the NHL. In his first full pro season, he led all AHL rookies in points, he is more than ready to make the jump offensively. Claude Julien has given Caron a real chance and real ice time in the past but Spooner has one very important thing that Caron doesn’t, speed.
These are the four guys to watch during training camp, whoever has a better camp is likely going to start the year with the team. As of today my money is on Camper or Spooner.
If none of them pan out, Chiarelli will not hesitate to add a veteran to plug the hole.