Ryan Spooner was awesome again on Saturday, and he's really forcing the team to make a tough decision on him. Send him back to the Peterborough Pete's, or keep him on the NHL roster. He looks confident, and he certainly looked more comfortable than both of his linemates on Saturday, Max Sauve and Jordan Caron. The thing that I liked the most about Spooner was how he seemed to kick it up a notch when the game was tight in the 3rd and in OT. He was playing a solid hockey game early, but then when it was tied, the kid really seemed to start making plays and turn on the jets. Julien rewarded him with several shifts in OT, as well as picking him as a shooter in the shootout. You can't tell much from a shootout, but I thought Spooner's attempt shows how confident he is right now. There was no hesitation in his move whatsoever. He picked up the puck, raced down the right wing at full steam before cutting in and making his move.
had a Spooner update this morning:
Spooner is the one Boston rookie up front who's literally seized the day and not only impressed the fans who've been watching him closely, but the head coach, who isn't an easy guy to please.
The knock on Spooner at the draft was his size, and this is what he had to say about his conditioning, etc.
"I think I just got stronger," he said when asked what the most signigificant improvement he'd made since being drafted was. "That was the big issue for me; I'm not the biggest guy, so I have to be as strong as I possibly can be. I did that.
Spooner's revelations are a case in point as to why you can't judge a book by its cover, and making assumptions based on conventional logic (such as size), because without having the ability to measure the size of one's heart and desire, you can never account for someone who will force the team to sit up and take notice. Spooner has done that, and regardless of whether he sticks in Boston or is one of the final cuts and returns to the OHL, he'll no doubt be riding a tall wave of confidence going forward.
We'll see what happens as camp winds down, but Spooner's certainly made a name for himself.
Edited by cshea, 26 September 2010 - 10:26 AM.