Prior to the past week most people know the guy photographed above as Tyler Seguin‘s roommate, the one who didn’t wake him up for team breakfast, causing Seguin to be benched. He is just now beginning to shine and come into his skates as he steps into the spotlight as this week’s Beast of the Beasts.
Caron is a 25th overall 1st round draft pick by the Bruins in the 2009 entry draft who made the NHL roster out of training camp in 2010-2011. In 23 games he registered 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points. Not bad for a rookie season, but not stellar stats either. He played the majority of his first season with the Providence Bruins finishing the season with 47 games total. During the Stanley Cup Final Caron was part of the Black Aces, a group of players that would skate with the team in celebration after Game 7.
Much alike, this year Caron has spent time bouncing back and forth between Boston and Providence until recently. He is currently a second-line forward with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. In his last five games played Caron has registered 3 goals and four assists, for 7 points, tying his career NHL totals from last season. This isn’t including his previous 3 goals and 2 assists.
Caron is a player who has stepped up to the plate and filled the ‘skates’ of players such as Rich Peverley and Benoit Pouliot who are currently plagued with injuries. One of his shining moments and reasons for choosing him as this week’s player of the week is his hit that he planted on Wasington’s Alexander Ovechkin, opening up the slot for Marchand to bang the puck into the net behind Vokoun to tie Saturday’s game.
At the young age of 21, he is still making room for improvements, meaning he can only get better from here. While he has had some ups and downs, he still has plenty of time to come into his game. After watching him step into the limelight in the past few games, and show us his potential, it is safe to say the sky is the limit for this young gun. Between him, Seguin and Marchand, this team has the ‘young guns’ to go far, just as the Penguins did/have with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Expect great things to come from this trio whether it be together or individually, they are going to blow everyone away in the years to come.