MARLBOROUGH He ended last season as the leading scorer in Providence, and he potted a goal with the big club in Boston when injuries hit the Bs last season.
But Carter Camper isnt on the tongue tip of many Bs fans when it comes potential forwards pushing for jobs when the NHL resumes, or at the top of the list when it comes to top 10 lists of prospects. But Camper just keeps on scoring goals and getting himself into the right position to make things happen, and he did that again while firing home a power play goal in the P-Bruins 4-1 win over the Springfield Falcons during their preseason opener.
For Camper it was a nice start after focusing on getting a little better in all phases of the game after getting 3 NHL games under his belt last season.
It definitely felt good to play somebody other than my own teammates, said Camper, who put up 183 points in four excellent seasons skating at Miami University. You dont know when the NHL season is going to start, but when it does start I want to be at the top of my game. To get a taste last year was a motivator for me.
Being a little guy Im not the fastest skater, and I knew I had to get quicker. I like to make plays and have good vision, so these things just need to stay there. Its my offense thats going to get me to the next level to stay.
Camper isnt the biggest guy around at 5-foot-9 and 173 pounds, and would actually qualify as one of the smallest players on the ice on most nights. Hes not the fastest skater or blessed with the hardest shot either, but he just seems to get results. Camper connected with Alden Hirschfeld on a nifty pass from behind the net to score a goal in the P-Bruins first scrimmage last weekend, and on Wednesday night he crashed the net for the rebound of a David Warsofsky shot that turned into Providences second goal of the game.
Its exactly that kind of instinct and plain, simple production thats caught the eye of the Bs talent evaluators, and its the reason he ended up with 48 points (18 goals, 30 assists) in 69 games for the offense-challenged P-Bruins last season.
He was very good the second half of last year, and he looked like that again against Springfield, said Providence coach Bruce Cassidy. He was strong on the puck and frustrated guys on the other team that were whacking him while he was making plays.
He can still play in every situation. Its just a matter of him getting that step. When he plays up in the NHL hes just going to have to be a little bit quicker. I wouldnt bet against him. His whole life hes been fighting against physical attributes that other guys might have over him. I love his compete and his hockey IQ, and I hope another year down here working on leg strength will really benefit him.
With NHL experience and the confidence that goes along with it firmly in place, it looks early on this year like Camper is working toward making that next step that hes so looking forward to.