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Checking up on the Prospects: Ryan Spooner and Seth Griffith

December 18th, 2012 at 7:18 PM
By Tim ODonnell

The Bruins continue to see their prospects perform well leagues around the world. Ryan Spooner and Seth Griffith follow that trend. Spooner is second on the Providence Bruins with 16 points in 23 games while Griffith leads the London Knights with 58 points in 33 games.

Spooner has had a up-and-down season, his first full professional season. He has shown flashes of why the Bruins drafted him in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft, but there is still a lot to learn.

"I've told Ryan this – he can go up and play games in the NHL," Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney told Boston Bruins.com. 'Can he stay there, and have a career, and be successful on a winning team? That's what needs to be determined, and he has some areas that still need to be filled in."

Spooner has been one of the Bruins' top prospects since they drafted him. If he wants to make it to the NHL, he'll need to put it all together. But it's only his first professional season so there's still plenty of time for that to happen.

Spooner is expected to miss this weekend's games with an injury.

Griffith continues to tear up the OHL. He ranks fifth with 25 goals, seventh with 33 assists, and third with 58 points.

"Seth is going to score goals at all levels," Sweeney said. 'We acknowledge that we think he has great anticipation and smarts for the game, his skill set is very good, and he's got an incredible release."

Griffith doesn't have the biggest body on the ice but that hasn't slowed him down as he continues to beat bigger opponents to the puck.

"He's not going to physically overwhelm anybody, but he has the anticipation and the ability to get to areas quick either through skating ir through his hockey sense," Sweeney said.

Both prospects present as top offensive weapons that Bruins have been looking for the last couple seasons. It's only a mater of time before Griffith joins Spooner in Providence, and maybe one day in Boston.

Tags: Boston, Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney, Hockey, NHL, NHL Draft, Providence Bruins, Ryan Spooner, Seth Griffith

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