Ryan Spooner
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Ryan Spooner

Hometown:

Kanata Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-01-30

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

2nd round (45th overall), 2010

Weight:

175 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Ryan Spooner was drafted fifth overall by the Peterborough Petes in the first round of the 2008 OHL Priority Selection.

2008-09: In his OHL rookie season, Spooner scored 30 goals and added 28 assists for 58 points for the Peterborough Petes.  He added 1 assist in four OHL playoff games.

2009-10: In 47 games for the Petes, Spooner scored 19 goals and added 35 assists for 54 points.  In 3 playoff games for the Petes, Spooner notched 1 assist.  Spooner played for Team Cherry at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game where he scored the game-winning goal in Team Cherry’s 4-2 victory.

2010-11: Spooner opened the season with Peterborough and was leading the Petes in scoring before leaving the team after 14 games and requesting a trade with the Petes languishing in last place in the Midwest Division. After being obtained by East-division Kingston, he went on to finish second in scoring for the Frontenacs despite appearing in just 50 games with his new club. In a combined 64 games between the two clubs, Spooner scored 35 goals with 46 assists and was -4 with 8 PMs. In Kingston’s five-game, first-round playoff loss to Oshawa, he scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was -1 with 2 PMs. Two of his four goals came on the power play. Following the OHL playoffs, Spooner made a positive first impression in an AHL stint with Providence; scoring 2 goals with 1 assist and posting a +2 plus/minus in three games. Spooner signed an entry level contract with Boston in July 2011.

2011-12: Spooner finished the year on an up note – once again making a positive impression for AHL Providence after joining the P-Bruins following the OHL season. In five games he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was an even plus/minus. Providence missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division. Spooner was a consistent scorer in the OHL despite a bout of mononucleosis (which kept him out of the World Junior Championship) and a mid-season trade from Kingston to Sarnia. Spooner was one of the few bright spots for Kingston in the first part of the season, scoring 14 goals, including 7 short-handed goals, with 18 assists in 27 games on a Frontenac team that would finish last in its division. Following the trade in early January, he scored 15 goals with 19 assists and was minus-four with 8 penalty minutes in 30 games for the Sting. Sarnia finished second in the West Division but were upset by third-place Saginaw in a six-game playoff series. Spooner scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-six with eight penalty minutes in the playoffs.

2012-13: Spooner saw his first NHL action — appearing in four games with the Bruins — and was the top rookie scorer in the AHL playing for Boston affiliate Providence. He had no points nor penalty minutes, averaging nine minutes of ice time, while with the Bruins. Spooner was Providence’s leading scorer during the regular season, scoring 17 goals with a team-high 40 assists in 59 games, and was +14 with 14 penalty minutes. Providence finished first in the Atlantic Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Spooner scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -4 with 4 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games.

2013-14: Spooner appeared in 23 NHL regular season games with the Bruins in his second pro season and was the fourth-leading scorer for Boston AHL affiliate Providence despite appearing in just 49 games with the team. He had 11 assists and an even plus/minus with 6 penalty minutes, averaging just under 13 minutes of ice time with Boston. Spooner scored 11 goals with 35 assists and was +13 with 8 penalty minutes for Providence. The P-Bruins finished third in the Atlantic Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Spooner scored 6 goals with 9 assists and was +6 with 2 penalty minutes in 12 AHL playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Ryan Spooner is an offensive-minded, puck-possession player who is slick, fast and creative. He is masterful at carrying the puck and making defenders miss with paralyzing one-on-one moves and then finding the open man though he sometimes is too exuberant rather than executing high percentage plays. His defensive game has been a work in progress but has steadily shown signs of improvement during his pro career. Spooner makes the players around him better and will be more effective as he finds the balance between creativity and recklessness and learns to focus on his defensive assignments.

Future

Spooner entered Bruins' training camp hoping to build on his late season success and earn a roster spot in Boston. He made the Bruins out of training camp but after a slow start was returned to AHL affiliate Providence after five games and spent most of the 2014-15 season at that level. Recalled at the end of February, Spooner has shown the scoring and playmaking ability that first attracted attention. Long-term he is expected to be an impact offensive player and he appears to be getting closer to reaching that potential.

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