Re: Caron Re-Signed.
posted at 7/18/2014 10:31 PM EDT
In response to dezaruchi's comment:
In response to RichHillOntario's comment:
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to jmwalters' comment:
More minutes may help....or not. Caron's major issue has been consistency and intensity. He will have a good couple of games and then disappear entirely for what seems like half a season. I don't know if any sane coach will keep feeding him minutes I he can't perform at a high level game in, game out.
Irrelevance is his #1 demon. The guy gets ice time on one of the best teams in the last decade and does absolutely nothing. I hope everything works out for him in life, but not in Boston.
He's 24. He just took a contract that is barely above the minimum. I don't know why they're bothering to hang onto him outside of Chiarelli's ego.
This is what I find so puzzling about him. I've thought about his situation if it were not on one of the league's elites and struggle to rationalize how it could somehow be different. He knows the Bruin roster is solid so you'd think it would be in his best interests to make a dent whenever he gets a shot; to let brass know they didn't make a mistake drafting him and to carve a career for himself as a Bruin.
I'm trying to find the correlation of increased minutes on, say 30th place Buffalo somehow unlocking what Chiarelli saw in him in the first place. More games for Caron means a further refinement or blossoming of his skills or more of the inconsistent form we're used to seeing?
The guy can play a solid 2 way game when given consistent opportunities. He had decent numbers as a rookie scoring 10 goals in his first 71 games stretched over 2 seasons. As Kel pointed out earlier in the thread, Caron played well in his minimal opportunities with good linemates like DK and Lucic. He didn't look out of place with them at all. Maybe that slapper to his face has had more of an effect on him than originally thought because his career took a nosedive statistically around the same time. The year before the injury he had 7 goals and 8 assists in 48 NHL games. He also put up 13 points in 17 AHL games. Immediately after the injury he only managed to put up 3 points in 17 NHL games and 18 in 47 AHL games. I'm not making excuses for him but the guy proved himself capable of playing in the NHL as a 20 year old. It's hard to believe that he could washed up and useless only 3 years later. I think his problems are likely more mental than physical. If not, he's aging terribly. I still have confidence that I'll see him eventually with an NHL pension. Whether it's in Boston or not, he's going to continue being an NHL player. As a point of full disclosure, I should add that my scout buddy thinks I'm a fool for still believing in Caron. He sees the same player that most of you guys see. Maybe I'm wrong. We should find out this season though.
dez, I also keep hoping for whatever success mechanism that would somehow propel him to succeed to happen in Boston. You're right. We've seen glimpses of NHL form from him. Do you think the mental aspects you mention come from him feeling like he feels constantly under the gun to make something happen on the ice whenever the chance comes especially being with a strong team where spots are few? Would there be less if he were a Sabre?