22-Year-Old Center – Boston Bruins
Ryan Spooner Contract Information:
Signed an entry-level deal with the Bruins in July of 2011.
Spooner was assigned to AHL Providence on Sunday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Though Spooner, arguably the Bruins' top young forward prospect, didn't record a point in four NHL games last season, he did lead AHL Providence with 57 points (including 17 goals) in 59 games. Listed at 5-10, 180 pounds, Spooner will need to be nifty to survive the rigors of the NHL, but the budding playmaker does own a nice offensive skill set that has him knocking on the big club's door this season. He could eventually slot in as a top six forward, but if he does crack the B's roster this fall, it would likely be as a third-liner.
Spooner figures to enter training camp in a battle for a third-line winger position along with the likes of Jared Knight, Jordan Caron, and Chris Bourque. In any case, it's clear that Spooner, who is likely to start the season with AHL Providence, is knocking on the door. Though he could stand to add some weight to his 5-10 frame (he's reportedly at 182 now) in order to withstand the rigors of the NHL, Spooner has the sort of puck skills/creativity that could make him a productive scorer for the B's down the road.
Spooner, who was drafted by the B's 45th overall in the 2010 draft, racked up 35 goals and 81 points in 64 games with OHL Peterborough and Kingston this past season. He's already a skilled pivot, but he'll need to round out his game defensively in order to have a chance to stick with the big club next fall.
Spooner, an undersized center who compares himself to Daniel Briere, was selected by Boston with the 45th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He is noted for his great hockey sense, but questions remain about how much he will be able to score once he turns pro. That being said, he did put up 54 points in just 47 games with Peterborough of the OHL this past season.