Re: ryan spooner
posted at 9/25/2013 3:24 PM EDT
In response to TheGuyWithDaThing's comment:
In response to OatesCam's comment:
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
Krejci's 3rd line time was pretty limited. I'd argue that that "worked out" as well as it did because injuries to Savard and Bergeron gave him the opportunity to play an offensive role, first with Sturm and Murray and then with Wheeler and Ryder.
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David Krejci played the entire 2008-2009 season as the third line center between Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder. He averaged the 3rd most ice time among B's Centers at 16:52. He spent a lot of time killing penalties. He posted career-best totals that year of 22+51=73.
David Krejci worked out as a third line player because a) he's an excellent player who took advantage of his opportunity b) the Bruins are deep so he could play with good players and c) Julien uses all lines evenly so everyone gets a shot, and uses Bergeron (and sometime the 1st line) to shut down opponents. That means that being on the 3rd line with a decent scoring wing and limited defensive responsibility can be a great place for a young player to show their offensive skills.
No, I don't think injuries to Savard (played all 82gms, 19:32TOI) or Bergeron ( 64gp, 17:59TOI) were a major factor in DK having a great season as a 3rd line center. It was a factor in him becoming a #1 in following years, but personally I would be perfectly happy if Spooner could get 16:52 TOI and put up 70 points in the 3rd slot.
I don't think the Bruins have any Ryder's (multiple 30 goal seasons prior to coming to Boston) or Wheeler's (late blooming top 5 pick) in their system. Soderberg, Smith, etc. will help form a solid line, but I don't see Spooner meeting those same numbers. Not even close.
If he could simply be a 15 minute, 40+ point guy as a 22 year old, I'd be thrilled with that. Heck, that was Marchand, and he was playing with an elite center!
I don't think Spooner is Krejci, at least not yet. My point was simply that the third line is a good opportunity for Spooner if he's good enough to earn it; that it wouldn't hurt his development any. I would be very happy if Spooner made the team and put up 40 points.