The Boston Bruins have used a lot of minor league players this year. They have consistently had a merry-go-round of players on defense and on the third and fourth lines. The Bruin’s have used Kevan Miller, Matt Fraser, David Warsofysky and Ryan Spooner. Spooner has some NHL experience and has played for the Bruins in years past.
Spooner is one of those players that I expect more from. I understand that when he comes to the NHL, he has to play the role of a defensive forward. The guy has tremendous pace and is very good with the puck. For whatever reason, he cannot establish himself as a third- or fourth-liner for the Bruins.
The most alarming part of Spooner’s game is his plus/minus. He has played in seven games for the Bruins this year. He has seven assists and zero goals. He is a minus-two. If you want to play for the Bruins, a minus-two is unacceptable. Claude Julien runs a defensive scheme and it is imperative for guys not to hurt them on the ice.
Spooner has too much talent to be a minus-two. He also has too much talent to have taken 22 shots and not have scored once. It will be interesting to see what Spooner’s future holds with the Bruins. If anything, maybe the Bruins can trade him for a veteran defenseman.
I wonder how much time Spooner has left with the Bruins organization.