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Caron beats out Johnson for Bruins’ 13th forward spot

Boston Bruins v Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG, MB - SEPTEMBER 26: Jacob Trouba #3 of the Winnipeg Jets battles with Jordan Caron #38 of the Boston Bruins in front of the Winnipeg net while Mark Scheifele #55 looks on in third period action during an NHL preseason game at the MTS Centre on September 26, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

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The race to be the 13th forward in Boston was won by the incumbent rather than the outside challenger.

22 year-old Jordan Caron, Boston’s 2009 first-round pick, locked down the job as the team is putting Nick Johnson on waivers.

For Caron, winning the job as the extra forward could be a sign that coach Claude Julien believes he has it in him to thrive staying with the organization. It could also be his last chance to show the team he belongs as well.

Johnson, 27, was coming off a season that saw him score four goals in 17 games with the Phoenix Coyotes. Chances are good that he can clear waivers and remain in the organization. That means if Caron doesn’t keep his play up, the two can wind up changing places if needed.

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