Not all first round draft picks pan out — and for the Boston Bruins, Jordan Caron was considered to be one of those.
Over the last few seasons, the former twenty-fifth overall selection, taken by Boston at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, has seen his ice time diminish. He’s gone from being a top-ranked prospect putting up quality numbers in the QMJHL and AHL to being considered a dud; his lack of defensive play didn’t sit well with a defense-first Boston system, and he started to slip out of favor with the perennial cup favorite.
By the time he was traded for Max Talbot and Paul Carey at the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline, not many Boston fans were too sorry to see him go — but in Colorado, head coach Patrick Roy is willing to give him a second chance.
Roy announced on Tuesday that Caron would spend a few games iced alongside veteran forward Jarome Iginla and star forward Matt Duchene to see how things played out — giving the impression that a good trial run could land Caron a permanent roster spot for the first time in nearly three seasons.
The Colorado Avalanche have been somewhat pressed for talent this season; although they ice one of the most statistically lethal top six lines in the NHL with Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan Mackinnon, Ryan O’Reilly, and the Iginla-Duchene duo, they’ve failed to establish any kind of consistency in regards to secondary scoring. Add in an abysmal power play and a struggling defense, and the Avalanche have gone from being the team everyone envied to the team everyone couldn’t seem to figure out — and with Cody McLeod previously filling in the spot alongside Duchene and Iginla, Caron could be an upgrade for the franchise.
For Caron, though, the offensive drought in Colorado is far from a bad thing; coming out of a bottleneck in bottom six offensive talent in Boston, the Quebec native will be given an opportunity to rediscover his scoring touch in a new environment.