Camara looks forward to challenge in Providence

Camara looks forward to challenge in Providence
July 12, 2013, 12:30 am
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WILMINGTON – While Malcolm Subban might be the more celebrated Bruins prospect that will be making his AHL debut this fall, 19-year-old Anthony Camara has risen quickly up the ranks for the Black and Gold. The 6-foot, 194-pound Camara was already a hard-nosed grinder with the ability to drop the gloves prior to this season, and it was that grinder role that pushed the Bruins to select him in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft.

But things changed for Camara this season with the Barrie Colts, and the Toronto native exploded for 36 goals and 60 points in 50 games to go along with 91 penalty minutes. The winger also secured a role for Team Canada’s World Junior team and truly raised his profile around prospect evaluation circles. Some of it was clearly Camara’s own doing as his game matured in the offensive end, but some of it comes to excellent coaching at the OHL level as well.

“Anthony had a tremendous year to make that world junior team, and put up the points and play with the likes of Scheifele [Mark Scheifele] to expand his game,” said Bruins assistant GM Don Sweeney. “I think [Barrie head coach] Dale Hawerchuk has done a great job with him in his development, and his confidence as a player.

“He has that [fighting] club in his bag that you described, but he’s a lot more than that. He’s become a really good two-way player. His skating and his approach to really daily life has changed significantly. He’s grown up. He’s ready to be a pro. We’re excited about where he’s landing this year.”

Camara will get that chance to prove how good he can be as a pro this season with the Providence Bruins, and he’s looking forward to that as well as the chance to skate in NHL training camp this fall. Clearly it will be a step up for a player that slowly developed over four years of OHL development, but Boston is happy to take their time with a skater that already plays like a Bruins.

Clearly he hopes to continue the goal-scoring ways at the AHL level, but there’s also the reality that he’ll be dropping the gloves on occasion for a Providence team that plays with the same attitude as their parent club.

“You have to embrace whatever role you’re going to get,” said Camara. “But you don’t want to limit yourself to anyone role. You don’t to do whatever you can to help the team so long as the team is winning. That’s the big thing.

“I feel like the OHL was a great league to develop in, but I want to push myself to see what else is out there. My minor hockey year I had 36 goals, so I knew I had it in me. It was just a matter of getting the opportunity with the proper guys around me. Those guys would tell me that I could do it, and would talk me into being a little more selfish around the net. They encouraged me to shoot the puck, and that really helped.”

Young forwards like Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight are still ahead of Camara on the organizational depth chart, and the Bruins were able to shore up their young forward depth by trading for Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith. But another season similar to the breakout year in the OHL could put Camara at the head of the class for a Bruins organization that will be a perfect fit for his sandpaper and skill game.