Jordan Caron is expected to earn a roster spot once again this fall, although he failed to establish himself with the big club in each of the past few seasons.
The 22-year-old winger has his eye on Rich Peverley's vacated spot on Boston's third line, and the former first-round pick is on the short list to slot in alongside Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg.
Caron's offensive upside is virtually nonexistent at this stage of his career, but his impact on the defensive end is superb.
As a potential penalty-kill asset, Caron offers something his competitors can't.
However, he posted a meager three points in 17 NHL appearances last year, and his total of 18 points in 47 games with Providence was hardly any better.
Bruins Daily considers Caron to be the odds-on favorite to become Boston's third right winger, but he could struggle in open competition. Ryan Spooner, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser each seem certain to provide more depth scoring, which could keep Caron off the ice in Boston.
Verdict: Jordan Caron will be a member of the Boston Bruins in October, but fans won't see much of him. According to CapGeek, he signed a yearlong one-way deal this summer that will require him to pass through waivers before returning to the AHL. As a result, Caron's days in Providence are almost certainly over, even if he fails to nab the third-line gig.
Caron should fit nicely as a Boston reserve.