Spooner indicated that he has bulked up in advance of the coming season, CSN New England's Joe Haggerty reports. "I was 182 or 183 pounds [last season] and now I'm up to 192, so hopefully that can help me out in the corners and on the compete side of things," Spooner noted.

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old forward relayed that in addition to adding some weight to his 5-foot-10 frame, he's kept up with his skating and cardio work, with an eye on maintaining his on-ice speed. After an offseason in which there was speculation that Spooner may be moved by the Bruins, he's currently the favorite to start the season as the team's third-line center. Spooner's wheels and solid puck skills have been assets to the B's in the past, notably on the power play, but he's never been known as the grittiest forward. He's hoping that the added strength will help on faceoffs and in the defensive end. Coming off a 2016-17 season in which he logged 11 goals and 39 points over 78 games, Spooner is a bounce-back candidate, assuming he does indeed claim a top-nine role with power-play time. Youngster Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson could challenge Spooner for a spot down the middle in training camp, but there's a solid chance he'll see some action in the AHL before graduating to full-time NHL duty.

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