The Boston Bruins shipped prospect Jordan Caron to the Colorado Avalanche at Monday’s NHL trade deadline in exchange for Max Talbot and Paul Carey according to reports.
Talbot, a veteran NHLer, will be on the Bruins roster right away. Caron was on the Bruins roster in spurts in the past three seasons, but has struggled to remain consistent at the NHL level.
The 24 year old forward was held without a point this season and he has just 12 goals and 16 assists in 134 NHL games in Boston. In that same amount of time with the Providence Bruins, he had 36 goals and 42 assists.
Caron was the Bruins first round draft pick in 2009 and he has been seen as a disappointment with the team overall. He was seen to be a potential bruising player at his big 6’5 frame, but he was never able to create any space with his size and was typically playing on the fourth line without many opportunities.
The Avalanche could try to use him on their NHL roster this season, but he could also end up back in the AHL at any point.
Going to the Bruins as well is Carey, a Boston native and a Boston College alum. He was a fifth round pick in 2007 by the Avalanche and has seen ten games with the NHL team this season. He had one assist thus far and will likely report to Providence.
It seems highly likely he will spend the majority of this season with Providence after Boston bolstered their roster with Talbot and Brett Connolly from Tampa Bay and likely don’t have another slot on their roster.
With the Lake Erie Monsters in the AHL this season, Carey has 21 points in 54 games. He had 41 points in 72 games last season. The 26 year old made his NHL debut with the Avalanche this season when he played on March 12th against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Carey shone in the United States Hockey League in 2006-2007 with the Indiana Ice when he scored 66 points in 60 games. Since then, he hasn’t been able to recapture that ability. His highest point total in college was 30 in his last season with the Eagles.
Carey wouldn’t be considered a prospect as much as a depth player, and he could become that 13th forward if they need someone in there. Craig Cunningham was claimed by the Arizona Coyotes and now Daniel Paille will be a scratch as well as Talbot takes a role on the fourth line, but they’re about an injury away from Carey possibly seeing a call up.