C | 5' 11" | 191 lb | Age: 28 | Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins were hoping they drafted a legitimate game-breaker when they selected Spooner in the second round (No. 45) in the 2010 NHL Draft.
He'd opened his junior career in style, scoring 30 goals with Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League in 2008-09, and finishing with 58 points in 62 games. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound center was on track for the same type of season in 2009-10 until a broken collarbone in January 2010 sidelined him for eight weeks.
Still, with 19 goals and 54 points in 47 games, combined with 12 penalty minutes, he received the William Hanley Trophy as the league's Most Sportsmanlike Player.
Turning pro, Spooner was assigned to Providence of the American Hockey League out of the 2012 training camp and began to work on the defensive side of the game. His first year certainly displayed offensive qualities as he finished with 40 assists and 57 points in 59 games.
But just as important to his development, Spooner had a plus-14 rating. Providence won 50 games in 2012-13 and won the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Spooner was named to the league's All-Rookie Team.
Spooner started the 2014-15 season with Providence, but when David Krejci injured a knee in February 2015, Spooner came up and scored eight goals and 18 points in 29 games and he was rewarded with a two-year contract extension.
Spooner's 2015-2016 season heralded his arrival with the Bruins. He settled in as a third-line center, and over 80 games scored 49 points, fifth-highest on the team.
NOTES & TRANSACTIONS
AHL All-Rookie Team (2013)
Traded to NY Rangers by Boston with Matt Beleskey, Ryan Lindgren, Boston's 1st round pick in 2018 NHL Draft and Boston's 7th round pick in 2019 NHL Draft for Rick Nash, February 25, 2018.
Traded to Edmonton by NY Rangers for Ryan Strome, November 16, 2018.
Traded to Vancouver by Edmonton for Sam Gagner, February 16, 2019.