It was announced earlier today that the Boston Bruins have reassigned Ryan Spooner to the Providence Bruins of the AHL. He was called up to Boston on Monday, March 16th after David Krejci sustained an injury and needed to sit out a game. It was his 2nd call up of this season and of his career. Although Krejci only missed one game, Claude Julien kept Spooner in the lineup for 2 more games because of his improved play.
Spooner’s 1st call up was back in early February when he appeared in one game against the Canadiens in Montreal. His linemates that night were fellow Providence call-ups Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif. In the 4th line role that night, Spooner had 5:29 time on ice and surprisingly was put out in the starting power play units, playing 1:33 power play time on ice. He took 4 face-offs and lost every single one, and got 1 shot on net.
This time around, Spooner was called up to play on the 1st line alongside Horton and Lucic. In his 2nd NHL game and 1st of this call-up, a 3-1 loss to the Jets in Winnipeg, Spooner got a much increased 15:29 time on ice, and 3:34 time on the power play. He had 2 shots on net and blocked 1 shot. He won 4 out of 8 face-offs (50%).
In the next game, a 2-1 win against the Senators in Ottawa, Spooner played in the spot of Rich Peverley, who was a healthy scratch. He centered the struggling 3rd line with Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron on his wings. With 8:17 time on ice and 1:22 of that time on the power play, Spooner recorded 1 shot and 1 hit. He was 4-for-7 (57%) in the face-off circle.
Finally, Spooner’s last game of this call up was last night’s loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto. He did not see any power play time in his 7:14 time on ice. He played on the wing of the 3rd line with Peverley and Pandolfo. Although he had a 60% success rate in the face-off circle (3-for-5), he had no shots, 1 shot block, and 1 giveaway.
After the frustrating loss, the Bruins have started from scratch with a complete revamp of all the forward lines as displayed in the team practice this morning. Spooner was not apart of that, as he was already sent back to Providence.
This likely won’t be the last we see of Spooner this season in Boston (although interestingly enough all 4 of his NHL games this season and thus in his career have all been away games). Meanwhile, he is still the leading scorer in Providence. He has 6 more points than the next highest scorer, Jamie Tardif; in 50 games played for Providence this season, Spooner has 45 points (12 goals, 33 assists). He is among the top rookie scorers in the AHL as well. He also has a rating of +8, and 7 power play goals.
Spooner will presumably will join Providence when they travel to Portland for their mid-week match-up against the Pirates this Wednesday.