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Bruins Prospect Leaves Junior Team, Coach: 'He's Taking The Easy Way Out'

Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner left the Peterborough Petes, his junior Ontario Hockey League team, on Monday, demanding a trade. Spooner, who impressed many during the Bruins' Training Camp prior to the start of the season, told SLAM! Sports that he thought that moving to a new team would be a "win-win situation" for both sides.

The Petes' coach disagreed with Spooner's actions, criticizing the team's former assistant captain as looking for "the easy way out" from a team floundering at the basement of the OHL. Spooner had been benched for the last ten minutes of Saturday's game against the Niagara Ice Dogs. Head coach Mike Pelino told the Peterborough Examiner:

"I think he felt it was going to be more of a walk in the park for him in terms of the games and practices and stuff. He wanted to be able to dazzle with his offensive abilities, which he has got, but I think, personally, he's making a decision which ultimately is not going to be in his best interest."

Spooner, the Bruins second round draft pick this past June, told SLAM! Sports that the trade would not only help the club where he had spent the last two years by giving them more young talented players, but would help in his development.

"By me going elsewhere, hopefully, they can get back more young players who will make them a lot better in the future."