WILMINGTON, Mass. — After practice at Ristuccia Arena on Monday morning, Bruins rookie Jordan Caron and coach Claude Julien both discussed the benefits the young winger could get from staying up with the team even as he was a healthy scratch in recent games.
But on Monday afternoon, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli decided Caron would benefit more from actually playing, even at a lower level, and assigned Caron to the club's AHL affiliate in Providence.
Caron, 20, had 3-4-7 totals and was a plus-4 in 20 games with the big club. After being scratched in the season opener in Prague, he played in every game until missing two games with the flu on Nov. 26 and 28. But after Marc Savard returned from post-concussion syndrome last Thursday, Caron was the odd man out and had been scratched the last two games.
The possibility of being demoted was raised with Caron this morning, and while obviously preferring to stay in Boston, the youngster took a positive attitude toward the situation.
"For sure I want to be on the ice playing games, but I'm not going to be the one making that decision," said Caron. "I'm happy being here and practicing with the guys. I just want to stay positive and hopefully get my shot."
Caron, the Bruins' first-round pick in 2009 (25th overall), is in his first professional season after playing four years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Rimouski and Rouyn-Noranda, where he put up 100-103-203 totals in 204 career games.