There seems to be one guy every year that opens eyes and impresses management at the Bruins annual summer Development Camp. This year that role was filled by 19-year old Anthony Camara.
The Toronto, Ontario Canada native was drafted by the Bruins in the third round—81st overall—of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft. After four seasons of Junior Hockey in the Ontario Hockey League split between the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts, Camara broke out of his shell and dominated the OHL this past season.
Camara totaled just 30 goals combined in his first four seasons in the OHL, but boy did Camara make some noise in his fifth season in “The O” with 36 goals in 50 games.
The 6-foot, 1-inch Camara really impressed Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli during the OHL season, and even more during this past week’s Development Camp.
“Well, maybe a little bit, yeah maybe he’s projected a little bit higher” said Peter Chiarelli after Sunday’s session.
“What he’s done in his— since we’ve drafted him is that he’s really focused on his conditioning and his commitment to the game and his role. As the years have progressed, by focusing on those areas he’s gotten better at those areas and those were the right areas to focus on. They’re obvious ones, but like his role for example I think he’s a tough player. He’s a good fore checker.”
Camara is a big, physical forward who likes to throw the body around and it looks like Bruins fans will be able to see this for themselves when Bruins camp starts in a few months.
“Camara has really shown that it wasn’t by fluke this year, the numbers and such that he put up” said Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney. “He’s ready to be a pro. I think he’s anxious to get to camp and see where he fits in with the older group.”
Chiarelli admitted that he expects Camara to open the season up in Providence, and hopes it will help the young forward develop.
“I’m not discounting him playing on our NHL team, but he will probably end up in Providence,” said Chiarelli.
“He’s going to have to find his way and find the balance that way like where’s the line between being overly aggressive and being aggressive enough that you’ve earned your space, and that you can produce offensively. So he’s going to have to find that. The American League is different than the National Hockey League. There are a lot of guys trying to earn jobs. It’s a good training ground for a player like Anthony [Camara].”
Camara has some suspensions under his belt with the most notable coming during this past seasons playoffs where Camara was suspended for the remainder of the Ontario Hockey League Final after an open-ice hit on fellow Bruins prospect and London Knights forward Seth Griffith, who at the time was skating without the puck. Camara’s Colts would go on to lose that series.
“Well he’s got the clubs in his bag. So I think you know there are certain times of games where he’s going to have to harness” added Sweeney. “He’s had a couple suspensions and stuff that he is going to have to figure out where that line is and dance over it but get back. Yeah, that’s part of it. And again, he’s leaving a league where they knew him pretty well and going in to a new one where he has to reestablish himself, be it here, or Providence or wherever he plays.”