There was brief speculation Friday that reigning Boston Bruins top scorer Tyler Seguin might pass the time over the virtually inevitable NHL lockout in Providence. However, a report in USA Today has since held that general manager Peter Chiarelli will not juggle torches and put his budding superstar through the requisite waivers.
With that said, a multitude of notable names were doled out on Friday as the Bruins braced for the work stoppage and assigned more than a game night’s worth of players to Providence. The top three headliners are rising third-year professional Jordan Caron and touted rookies Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner.
While he played a mere 17 games in the AHL last season, not the most reliable quantity to gauge a performance, Caron did post the P-Bruins’ best point-per-game rate at 0.76 with a 4-9-13 scoring log.
The most logical assumption is that Caron will be a staple in Providence until normalcy is restored in the parent league. At that point, he should be ready to shed his training blades and pursue a full-time spot on Claude Julien’s third line.
Until then, he should be banked on to copilot a Providence offense with the likes of Knight and Spooner as well as the team’s reigning top gun Carter Camper, Craig Cunningham and Max Sauve.
Based on those mentioned in Friday’s press release, here is a deeper position-by-position look at the 2012-13 P-Bruins, who could be the best bet for black and gold buffs to get their hockey fix indefinitely.