At 5-11, 181 pounds, Boston Bruins pivot, Ryan Spooner has taken the last 5 years to become an overnight success. With just 56 games in parts of two seasons it looks as if the 23-year-old Canadian prospect will be a regular in beantown next season.
Taken in the second round, 45th overall in the 2010 draft, Spooner ended up playing for 3 teams in his junior career. Then he took a few cracks at the big club and ended up in Providence four times (in his rookie season in the AHL he led the league with 57 points in 59 games) until it appeared that he was ready to play in the NHL.
In his first 56 games he’s tallied 8 goals and 29 points. At more than a half a point per game clip he’s shown enough promise to expect to have a roster spot in the 2015-16 season.
On February 27th, 2015 this young center scored his first-ever NHL goal, an OT game-winner to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on the road. From that point on the Bruins began to rely on him more and more.
Spooner really shined at the Top Prospects Game when he had Taylor Hall on his line. That certainly got noticed by Bruins scouts. He’s a two-way player who really shines on the power play and he knows how to get into the flow of the game on both sides of the puck.
Right now you can grab his 2013-14 Upper Deck Young Guns rookie card for $1. You can get more than a few of his auto-rookie cards for under $10. Spooner is a staple in numerous hockey products from both Panini and Upper Deck in 2013-14 products including: The Cup, Dominion, Contenders, Playbook, Titanium and more. Check out the gallery of just some of his cards from these amazing products.
Future Watch: Ryan Spooner Rookie Hockey Cards Image Gallery
Now is the time to collect Spooner. Don’t wait until he blossoms next year.
Check out his first NHL goal here:
Check out this goal when he was just 15
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