Bruins Select Winger Caron With First-Round Pick
|06.26.09 at 11:21 pm ET|
The Boston Bruins selected right wing Jordan Caron, an 18-year-old out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, with their first-round pick, the 25th overall. Caron scored 36 goals and 67 points in 56 games with Rimouski this year.
The Boston Bruins selected right wing Jordan Caron, an 18-year-old out of Rimouski Oceanic in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, with their first-round pick, the 25th overall. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound right winger had 67 points and 36 goals in 56 gamaes for Rimouski last season, and really opened eyes during the Memorial Cup playoffs. B’s GM Peter Chiarelli said that Caron has “power forward tendencies”, and that both his shot and his tenacity around the net remind him of former B’s scorer Glen Murray. Caron is expected to attend Boston’s prospect camp next month at Ristuccia Arena.
“He was in our top 15 on our list,” said Chiarelli. “When we saw the trend of the draft and we saw that this guy was available we kind of called off the dogs a bit (for a trade to move up). We were lucky because we thought a couple of teams ahead of us were going to take him. He’s got a really good shot, but he’s not what I’d call a pure shooter.
“He can grind too. He’ll go in and dig out pucks and he’ll take pucks to the net off the cycle or down low. I’ve talked a lot about those tendencies like (being) heavy on the puck, and he’s got a lot of those tendencies.”
A Quebec native, Caron must have immediately won over Bruins fans with his answer when he was asked if he was a Canadiens fan?
“Not any more,” said Caron without missing a beat. “I was when I was a kid.”
Chiarelli projected that the raw-boned Caron was probably a good two years or more about way from potentially helping the Bruins. The next item on Caron’s agenda might just be tryouts for Canada’s World Junior Team, which the 18-year-old has wrangled an invitation for this summer.
Here’s a few personality tidbits on Caron’s likes, dislikes and favorite things courtesy of his prospect page at NHL.com. Interesting that his favorite sport outside of hockey is tennis. I just automatically assume that hockey golfers are all aspiring golfers outside of their sport of choice.
NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings
NHL Player: Vincent Lecavalier
Shootout move: “Sidney Crosby‘s move on Jose Theodore”
Goal celebration: “Daniel Briere’s goal celebration’
Video game: NHL ’09
Movie: The Island
TV show: Lost, Prison Break
Actor: Adam Sandler
Music Artist: Keith Urban
Book: La LNH un reve possible
Home cooked meal: Spaghetti
Sport (other than hockey): Tennis
Activity away from the rink: X-Box
Place to shop: Abercrombie
Place to visit: Italy
His QMJHL profile is here. He was rated the best draft-eligible forward in the QMJHL by the NHL Central Scouting. In an interview with NHL.com, he conceded his embarrassment about having Celine Dion’s song from Titanic on his iPod.