If Brad Marchand is deemed unavailable for action in Montreal Wednesday night (he is reportedly a game-time decision), first-year professional Ryan Spooner will be tasked with giving the Boston Bruins a quorum of 12 forwards.
Whether it happens on Wednesday or later this season, Spooner is the front-running candidate to become the next Bruin to make his NHL debut with the team. In all, the Boston organization currently has 15 players who broke into the league with the team, 10 of whom are now with the top club while five others continue to refine their skills in Providence.
All but two of those 15 players have seen their first meaningful major league action during the Claude Julien era. All have turned pro within the last decade and half have skated with Boston during their first full or partial professional season.
Those traits will all apply to Spooner the second he takes a regular-season shift with the Spoked-B emblem on his jersey.
The treks of Spooner’s teammates and predecessors since their first twirl in The Show are recounted as follows.
How He Fared That Night: Two goals-against, 30 saves, recovered after initially letting the team fall behind, 2-0.
How He Has Fared Since: A 52-36-12 record, 2.20 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and 12 shutouts in 109 career games. Became a full-time NHL player at the start of the 2009-10 season.
NHL Debut: Dec. 19, 2009 in a 2-0 road loss to Toronto.
How He Fared That Night: Two shots on goal, three attempted shots, two blocked shots and a minus-two rating in 9:42 of ice time.
How He Has Fared Since: Six goals, 20 assists and a plus-43 rating in 164 career games. Became a full-time NHL player at the start of the 2010-11 season.