Bruins Select Another Center With 45th Pick, Canadian Ryan Spooner


The Bruins' third pick of the draft was used to take a third center, this time being Ryan Spooner.

The 18-year-old Spooner is listed at 5-foot-10. He scored 49 goals and had 63 assists in 109 games for the Peterborough Petes of the OHL over the past two seasons. The Kanata, Ontario, native joins Tyler Seguin and Jared Knight as centermen drafted by the Bruins.

Spooner's coach was not short on praise in describing his player.

"Spooner is a dynamic player and, obviously, he is at the top of his game," Peterborough coach Ken McRae told Hockey's Future in November. "Ryan's one-on-one individual skills are superb. He is great around the net and 1-on-1 with the goaltender. … With the new rules in the NHL, I see guys like [Patrick] Kane, and I see no reason why [Spooner] can't be there with his skill level."

On Saturday, Spooner told's James Murphy that he models his game after Mario Lemieux and Steve Yzerman.

"[I'm] an offensive player," he told Murphy. "I like to use my quickness, especially when I get into tough situations in the corners with bigger defenseman. I can be a goal-scorer and a playmaker, and that sets me a part from most other smaller forwards."

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