Few things are as important as depth.
And right off the bat the Bruins might need to utilize their wealth of spare talent when they open the NHL regular season on Thursday at the Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Center David Krejci and forward Carl Soderberg did not practice with the team at the Garden yesterday prior to the club’s departure for team-building activities in Vermont. Krejci hasn’t skated since he missed Friday night’s game in Saskatoon Saskatchewan against the Winnipeg Jets with back spasms. Soderberg left the preseason finale with a lower-body injury.

It sounds like at least one of those players might not be able to face Tampa Bay although coach Claude Julien classified both as day-to-day.

“To be honest with you with Krejci I think it might be better. With Carl not sure yet” Julien said. “Because the injury suffered when he hit a rut the other day it’s still up in the air as far the seriousness of it. We had first deemed it minor and now it’s questionable.”

An injury could open the door to playing time for someone like Jordan Caron who made it through camp to the team-building festivities as the 13th forward. Early yesterday the team announced it waived 27-year-old free agent signee Nick Johnson with the intention of assigning him to Providence of the AHL. Caron and Johnson battled to the bitter end of camp and both played in 6-of-7 seven preseason games. Johnson finished the preseason with four goals and one assist while Caron scored once.

The B’s are going to need more offense from Caron who was a first-round draft pick (25th overall) in 2009 to justify keeping him on the roster and if he gets the chance in the lineup.
And I’m pretty good defensively pretty safe in my own zone and I’ve always been” Caron said. “But I need to work on my offensive zone a bit better and don’t be afraid to make mistakes out there and just have the confidence to create stuff. I think I did it a couple years ago when I felt pretty good and I was really confident. And you know I know I can do it.”

Caron has scored 11 goals in 88 NHL games. He twice reached double digits in goals in the AHL. Over the summer he re-signed with the team for one year as a restricted free agent. So this is a pivotal campaign in his development.