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B’s rookie Spooner to center Lucic, Horton vs. Jets

Mar 19, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT


Ryan Spooner’s second career NHL game will be one to remember.

The 21-year-old center will line up Tuesday night between wingers Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, replacing the injured David Krejci (knee) in what amounts to his biggest opportunity at the NHL level to date.

“We’re giving him an opportunity to be a real good centerman playing between some really good players,” Boston head coach Claude Julien told “He’s a great play-maker, so it’s a great chance for Spoons to take and we’ll see how it works out.”

Spooner, Boston’s second-round pick (45th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, is having a stellar season with AHL Providence, leading the team in points (45) and assists (33).

He’ll get a chance to reprise that offensive role with the Bruins. Horton sits third on the team in goals, with eight, while Lucic sits third on the team in assists, with 13.

Spooner made his NHL debut back on Feb. 6 — a 2-1 win over Montreal — but played sparingly, getting just eight shifts for 5:29 of ice time. He only played two shifts in the second period and just one in the third (which was a mere 29 seconds long).

Julien wasn’t promising much more than an opportunity for Spooner this time around, and said he wasn’t married to keeping the former OHL scoring sensation with Lucic and Horton all night.

That said, expectations are high.

“If it’s not working out then we can make some changes,” Julien said. “But we’ve seen him enough to think he’ll be a good fit there.”

  1. dolanster - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    How many shifts does he need for Habsman to call him a cheap shot artist?

    • nunan - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM


    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      He’s on a line with Lucic…so…none.

      • nunan - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        He does hate Lucic and the rest of the Bs….and I love it.

  2. dan46778 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:48 PM


  3. matthews4 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    It may take a while,because he first has to review Spoons family tree and see if there is any relative in the league office. I mean if the B’s win another cup
    (and Greg is no longer with the team) there has to be somebody to blame the conspiracy on. Good luck tonight kid, if you perform maybe just maybe we can do something about that dreadful 3rd line. Just bad.

  4. nunan - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Should be good. Excited to see him. Only chance of him sticking is if they decide to play him on 3rd line with some combo of Soderberg (when he gets here), Peverley, and a possible acquisition. The Bs don’t like to mix and match different types of players though. He is a play maker so he replaces Krejci. Can’t really put him on third line duty w/o changing the dynamic of that line a bit. Supposed to be a “defensive” line.

    • nunan - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      Would kind of like to see Kelly replace Campbell on 4th line when he returns. He could fit there. Then build up the 3rd line by utilizing some grouping of Spooner, Soderberg, Peverley, and an acquisiton, (like Clowe). Too radical a change for this team though. Need to solidify that line somehow…they’ve been all over the place this year. Injuries make it even harder.

      • odj810 - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        sodenberg will be our acquisition. don’t expect anything but brian rolston types. the asking price is going to prove to be to high.

      • habsman - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        Aren’t you taking a big risk by messing with Campbell? You know what I mean, don’t you?

      • nunan - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        No, I don’t know what you mean? tell..

      • habsman - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        Greggie and Colie of course. You’re not too bright are you?

      • nunan - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:49 PM

        Says the conspiracy theorist…the only person here who spends time writing stuff he actually doesn’t believe himself. Can’t fool me. I know you’re just jealous of the Bs. I thought we already went over this. Two years after the cup and look at you..stewing.

      • habsman - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        Do you like responding to me drew?

  5. bruin63 - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Didn’t he play earlier this year in Winnipeg

  6. sjsharks66 - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    The safest rookie in the NHL haha

    • nunan - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      I thought the same thing..should feel comfortable!

      • habsman - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        How’s Boychuck? Did they get the bullett?

      • nunan - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        Learn how to spell his name…How much do you love responding to me Habsman?

      • habsman - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        I love it, how about you?

      • nunan - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        “How about me?”..?..How do I like responding to myself? Come on, Habsman. Get with the program and think about things before you write them. And I know you love responding to me…just searching for my comments and then posting your trollish replies. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one factual comment from you. Pretty sure you just enter a canned text and paste it over and over..

      • habsman - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        Ha, yes nunan, I search for all your posts. Does it bother you? Does it make you cry? Do you love to respond to me?

        I think I’m in your head, no? Are you going to respond?

      • nunan - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:47 PM

        No, I love it bc I completely own you every time. Keep’em coming! You wanted to chat with me, hence your initially commenting, so I will oblige. I enjoy it! Let’s see if your next post has any actual hockey knowledge…I’m guessing not…it’s never happened before. Look at are so lonely…always hunting for Nunan comments so you can have a conversation with someone. Poor, poor Habsman. I will always win.. :)

      • habsman - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        Yes nunan you win. You’re the best blogger ever. I’m soooo jealous of you. And it’s no fun being lonely. I wish I had friends, like I’m sure you do.

        But you have to admit…………..I’m in your head. Too funny.

        BTW, how is Boychuck? You never did answer. Looked like a gun-shot wound to the head.

      • nunan - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        There you go again, confusing your own problems and trying to push them on others. If you’re in my head, why do YOU search out my comments…haha..come on now..this is like taking candy from a baby. You’re so predictable. As for Boychuk (and your inability to spell), he’s fine. Playing great! How’s Subban? And you still haven’t provided any hockey knowledge. I look forward to the day you actually post something analytical about the game. It would represent a step towards recovery for you…Also, you obviously don’t know what a blogger is. Man…are you really this stupid? It’s obvious at this point you come to prohockeytalk just to look for my comments. I own you, Habsman! This is great.

      • habsman - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        You’re right nunan, you’re the best, and I really need to get over this obsession with your comments. Can you help me.

        And I know I’m predictable, and compared to you, I know I’m stupid. Hell, everyone who posts here is stupid compared to you.

        And I know it bothers you that I focus on you and your postings. But I can’t help it. In a sad and sick kind of way, I think I’m obsessed with you (and drew).

        But you know what, I’m going to continue to hunt down you postings and make reply’s in the hope of earning your respect. Yes, that’s what I’m going to do. I think you and I are going to have a wonderful (and lasting) relationship here at PHT. And although I know I’ll never reach your level of insight, I think I will be a better person just from my interaction with a brillient person like you.

        I feel much better now, hou about you?

      • nunan - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        I don’t feel any better because I’ve felt great the entire time. Pretty accurate post I must say, except for the thing it bothering me that you obviously search out my posts. I know you’ve turned most people off on this site with your babble but I enjoy it because I like to provide knowledge and guidance. Now we’ll focus on your spelling and grammar, child. Over and out.

      • habsman - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        Over and out?

        It’s just starting to get interesting. You’re right tho, spelling and grammar have never been my strong suits, althought you seem to understand me just fine.

        So, does it bother you that I search out your comments? I sure hope not. I think you and I are going to have many discussions over the remainder of the hockey season.

        Aren’t you excited? Hey, we might even end up being Bud’s. Wouldn’t that be great?

        Glad to hear Boychuck is OK.

  7. tdrusher225 - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    This sucks, I really wanted to see Seguin center that line. Well, regardless. it’ll still be nice to see how the kid does.

    • govtminion - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      Not a chance- as well as his usual line is doing, I wouldn’t break that line up for the world right now.

      • tdrusher225 - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:31 PM

        Why not? It’s not like the Bruins are desperate for points, so you give that a shot and if it doesn’t work then you switch back. But you’d have a pretty nice looking top 6, and I’d like to see how Seguin does playing his natural position.

    • bakedbees - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      Move Peverley up and put Spooner on the third line.

  8. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Wow! Nice pair of bookends for the kid. Hope he has fun out there and picks up a point, and Bruins win.

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