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Just six weeks after being drafted 25th overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, right wing Jordan Caron is unlikely to accompany his new linemates to the team’s rookie training camp after fracturing his collarbone. The injury, which occurred during tryouts for Team Canada’s World Junior Championships squad forced Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli to call the 18-year-old’s attendance at the September 6-10th camp “doubtful”.
Caron sustained the injury during an intra-squad scrimmage. After receiving a pass from teammate Zach Kassian, the Québec native was leveled by a thunderous check from 6’4” defenseman Colten Teubert, a Los Angeles Kings prospect. Caron, measured at 6’2″, is said to have not seen Teubert as he moved out of the neutral zone. Reports have varied about the cleanliness of the hit, but there was no doubt about the injury.
“He didn’t look too great,” teammate Ryan Ellis said of Caron. “He was in a lot of pain.”
Don Sweeney, the director of hockey operations and player development for the Bruins, later spoke to Caron and reported him to be in high spirits. Chiarelli also reported his optimism about the recovery process.
‘It doesn’t appear to be a [bad] fracture,” Chiarelli said on a phone call with the press.
However, injuries have been a problem for Caron in the past. He missed significant playing time during each of his three seasons with the Rimouski Oceanics (QMJHL) because of his various injuries sustained as the result of his physical play.
The injury will take approximately four to six weeks to heal, meaning that Caron would be healed just as the Bruins rookies return from the Kitchener, Ontario-based camp. However, the Bruins’ first full training camp begins two days later on September 12 in Wilmington, Massachusetts. While Caron will spend this coming season in Rimouski, he is expected to attend the camp, assuming he is completely healed.