2006-07: Caron’s rookie season with Oceanic (QMJHL) was a successful one for the right winger. In 59 games he scored 18 goals and 40 points.
2007-08: Now in his second season with Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL), Caron racked up 20 goals and 43 points total, his highest total with the club. He added another three goals and four points in nine playoff games.
2008-09: Caron’s third season with the Oceanic (QMJHL) was his best to date, seeing the winger net a career-high 36 goals, 31 assists and 67 points. His 66 penalty minutes were another career-high. Expect to see him back with Rimouski next season.
2009-10: Caron’s season started by suffering an injury at Canada’s World Junior summer camp, but that didn’t stop him from putting together an impressive season upon his return. He started the year with the Rimouski Oceanic, but was eventually traded at the deadline along with Patrice Cormier (ATL) to the Huskies. Between the two teams, Caron played 43 games, scoring 26 goals and adding 27 assists. Those numbers are similar to those that got him drafted in the first round by the Bruins; however, it was his discipline and defensive play that improved a lot. Caron’s plus/minus rating went from a +14 in 2008-09 to a +25 in 2009-10, and he reduced his penalty minutes from 66 to 24. Caron gained some international experience, suiting up for Team Canada at the World Juniors, and he was a big part of Canada’s silver-medal finish. He played on the wing for Canada, a position he will likely need to get used to in the near future.
2010-11: Caron made the Bruins out of training camp in his first full pro season and skated a regular shift for much of October and November before seeing his minutes gradually reduced. Caron was sent down to Providence (AHL) in December. Caron was re-called for three games in February and was with the big club for its Stanley Cup run but did not appear in any games. In 23 games with the Bruins, Caron scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was +3 with 6 PMs. In 47 AHL games with Providence, he scored 12 goals with 16 assists and was -7 with 16 PMs. Five of Caron's 12 goals were scored on the power play.
A big, heavy, powerful forward with poise and defensive maturity beyond his years. Doesn’t play angry, but wins his battles and works hard for space. Has the kind of offensive game that complements scoring forwards well, driving the net, working the walls down low, and setting up in front of the net. Is well-above average as a net front presence, setting screens and getting his stick on pucks for deflections. His feet are a little heavy and he lacks an explosive burst, but he has good top speed and can stay out in front of backcheckers when he gets sprung for a breakaway. Boasts excellent puck protection skills and can bull his way to the net under duress while maintaining possession. Has a nose for the net and a hard, accurate wrist shot that he can get off quickly in tight spaces. Best asset is an extremely high hockey IQ.
Caron could use a little more time developing his offensive game, but his defensive maturity and power game are NHL-ready right now. In fact, last season, he started the year on Bergeron’s line which is the line the Bruins use to go against the opposition’s best. He also led the team in PK ice-time, but when Savard was ready to return he was sent back down. Expect Caron to stick this time around and develop his offensive game at the NHL level. His style and upside compare favorably to Mike Knuble.