The Boston Bruins have a firecracker in Ryan Spooner, the 23-year-old Ottawa-born forward who’s been lighting the lamp on a six-game point streak. He was called up from Providence in the American Hockey League to take the place of David Krejci after the latter suffered a knee injury.
Spooner’s most recent flourish came in a two goal game against the Ottawa Senators, a moment that had to feel bittersweet.
Or maybe not, as he explains: “I had a text actually, from about four of my friends, saying, ‘you guys can’t win tonight, you’ve got to let the Sens win, they need to catch you.’ I said, that’s not going to happen.”
Spooner has three goals and eight points in the eight games since his call-up. He’s played with Milan Lucic and David Pasternak and has seen his line score in four out of the last five games. They’ve combined for 10 goals and 15 points in that timeframe.
“It’s been fun,” Spooner said. “I remember I got called up last year. I didn’t really feel like myself. I was trying to sit back too much. This time up I said to myself I’m just going to come up here and play the game that I can, and try to have fun with it. It’s a fun time of the year, too. I’m just happy that I can help out and the team is playing well.”
Spooner may be turning heads for the Bruins right now, but his Ottawa connections are a part of the story. In 2007-2008, he offered a glimpse of how he’d do in Senators colours when he put together a 147-point season for the minor midget Ottawa AAA team.
He skated in local rinks, played spring hockey with Marc Methot, laced the skates with Bobby Ryan at a Gongshow Gear event, and made it happen with Mark Stone as part of Canada’s under-18 team. There are more connections worth investigating and it surely wouldn’t be surprising to see Spooner in Senators gear at some point in what could be a fascinating career.
For now, however, he’s a Bruin through and through and that’s what matters. He has 40 NHL games to his name and 19 points. He’s still only scored three goals and is substantially shy of being some sort of marvel, but there’s something to his game worth watching. Fans in Boston and Ottawa are certainly paying attention.