Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/19/13

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Ryan Spooner, drafted in the second round by the Boston Bruins poses for a portrait during day two of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Most up-and-coming hockey stars spend their first few NHL games playing limited minutes on the third or fourth line. That’s not the case for Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner, who will start on Boston’s first line tonight in just his second big-league appearance. Spooner, the leading scorer for the B’s affiliate in Providence, will center between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton on Tuesday in Winnipeg, filling the spot vacated when David Krejci went down with a leg injury on Sunday. Krejci isn’t expected to miss significant time, but Spooner has a shot to prove himself to head coach Claude Julien in the center’s absence. To hear from Spooner, Horton and the Bruins boss, check out the video above.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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