Center, left wing, right wing. 3rd line, 2nd line, 3rd line, 1st line, 2nd line.
It doesn’t seem to matter to Ryan Spooner. He’s gonna produce.
In the past four games, Spooner has played three different positions on three different lines, and in each game, he has a point.
When David Krejci went down with an upper body injury and missed ten games, Spooner stepped into the 2nd line center position and didn’t fail to impress – potting two goals and notching nine assists.
With Krejci’s return, Spooner slid back into his 3rd line role – for a game. He had proven his top-six talent, and wouldn’t stay in the bottom-six for long. Spooner played alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand against Columbus on Saturday, slid to left wing on the 2nd line with Krejci and Loui Eriksson against the Flyers on Monday, and stuck there for last night’s game against the Ducks.
Spooner admits shuffling to winger takes some adjusting.
“Sometimes I kind of forget that I’m there because I’ve only played probably less than 25 games there my entire life,’’ Spooner said, via the Boston Globe. “Sometimes I come back to the middle of the ice and I kind of forget and I’ve got to get to the wall, so it’s definitely something that I need to focus on.’’
Through the growing pains, Spooner has found success. Is his spot at winger permanent? Probably not, according to Coach Claude Julien.
“We know he’s a centerman and he’ll probably continue to play center and so today we’ve got him on the wing this morning and that could change,’’ Julien said, via the same Globe story. “Like every other game, I move guys around right now.’’
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