Camara signs entry-level deal with Bruins

Camara signs entry-level deal with Bruins
March 14, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Anthony Camara was one of four Bruins who scored in regulation for the rookie team Friday night.

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BOSTON -- The Bruins locked up another potential piece of their future on Thursday afternoon when they announced that they have signed Anthony Camara to an entry-level deal.

The gritty 6-foot, 190-pound forward had a breakout year for the Barrie Colts of the OHL this season and finished with 36 goals and 60 points with a plus-17 rating and a team-high 80 penalty minutes. Camara was also a member of Team Canada for the World Junior Championships along with Dougie Hamilton, and had a pair of assists along with a plus-1 rating during the tournament set that took place in Russia. Camara was a third-round pick (81st overall) of the Bruins in the 2011 NHL entry draft that also netted the Bruins Hamilton and Alex Khokhlachev among others.

Camara was originally thought to simply be a fighter with a touch of skill - a potential Shawn Thornton replacement - when first drafted. But he’s developed in the last two years into a well-rounded player that could provide both physicality and skill. That’s the kind of combination that’s a perfect fit for an organization that prides itself on tough guys that can also play the game.

Here’s what Hockey’s Future had to say about Camara: 

“After making a positive first impression during Bruins' prospect camp, Camara will attend Bruins camp before returning to Saginaw his third OHL season. Already one of the more imposing physical players in the league, Camara's offensive numbers in midget hockey suggest he may develop into one of the more well-rounded players in junior hockey. At the minimum, he projects to being a character, energy lower line forward at the NHL level with the potential to develop into an offensive threat.  It’s tempting to think about Milan Lucic when projecting what Camara could be, but Lucic experienced exponential growth as a player after his draft. Until something like that happens for Camara, the more appropriate comparable would be Chris Neil.”

Camara is expected to report to the Providence Bruins and will likely spend the rest of the season in the AHL unless there’s an emergency/injury situation that requires his specific services at the NHL level.