The Bruins announced today that they are calling up Ryan Spooner on an emergency basis to travel to Montreal tomorrow.
Spooner leads Providence in points right now, with nine goals and 21 assists through 35 games; 14 of those points have come in his last twelve, and Providence have won their last five straight. He's the next logical choice for callup after Jamie Tardif and Chis Bourque.
The Bruins are practicing in Montreal at the Bell Centre tomorrow before their game on Wednesday.
So what do you think? Will Spooner get a look against Montreal? Is Daniel Paille still sitting out? Will Brad Marchand play? What will lines potentially look like?
It would be interesting to see Spooner get a chance to center a line at some point, as his passing skills are second to none with the PB's right now, though that likely won't happen this time.
Here's the official release from Boston:
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, February 4, that the team has recalled forward Ryan Spooner from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Spooner will join the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, February 5 and travel with the team to Montreal in advance of their game on Wednesday against the Canadiens. The Bruins also announced that the practice/media availability details for Tuesday, February 5 have changed. Those details can be found below.
The recall for Spooner is the first NHL regular season recall of Spooner’s career. In 35 games for the Providence Bruins this season, the 21-year-old is tied for the team lead in points with 30 with nine goals and 21 assists. Spooner has recorded 12 goals and 25 assists in 43 career AHL games. The 5’10’’, 175-pound native of Kanata, Ontario had back-to-back 60+ point seasons in the Ontario Hockey League before joining the P-Bruins, having tallied 66 points in 57 games split between Kingston and Sarnia last year, and 81 points in 64 games during the 2010-11 season split between Peterborough and Kingston.
Spooner was originally drafted by the Bruins in the second round (45th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.