|Tough guy Anthony Camara adds offense and intrigue||07.01.12 at 4:09 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Entering last summer’s development camp, Bruins’ 2011 third-round pick Anthony Camara had fought fellow B’s prospect Tyler Randell during the OHL season, making for some interesting stories. This year, the tough youngster says he has no such stories with current B’s prospects, but he has hit Malcolm Subban where it hurts — even if Subban won’t admit it.
“I scored a couple of times on Subban this year,” the reserved Camara said. “I don’t think there are too many guys in here who I fought this year, but I definitely got Subban for a couple of goals.”
Subban begs to differ.
“I’ve seen him make a few nice passes, but I don’t know about him scoring on me,” last week’s first-round pick said with a smirk. “I know he does everything else pretty well though.”
Turns out Subban — a hit with the media and teammates — is already lying to them one week into his Bruins career. Camara, who didn’t do much scoring at all prior to being drafted by the B’s, has indeed scored a rather nifty goal on the Belleville Bulls netminder, albeit off a broken play. Still, a goal’s a goal, and Camara put quite a few in this past season.
Based on where he was drafted and what he might be becoming, there are few Bruins prospects more intriguing than Camara. The B’s turned heads last June when they drafted Camara, a fighter first and foremost, in the third round. The 6-foot-1 left wing had only scored eight goals in the OHL in his draft year, and just six in the previous season, but Boston saw enough in Camara to take him 81st overall.
The Toronto native used last summer’s development camp to show that he was more than just a grinder, but this past season saw Camara really add the element of offense to his game. He scored seven goals in 35 games for Saginaw before being traded to the Barrie Colts. There, he added nine more goals in 31 games with the help of a Hall-of-Famer.
“I just felt like I had more opportunity when I got traded,” Camara explained Sunday. “Definitely I put up some good numbers in [Saginaw], but when I got traded my coach was Dale Hawerchuk and he definitely knows how to play hockey. He put a couple numbers up in his day [1409 to be exact], so he taught me a few things in different situations. That definitely helped me out.”
Claude Julien took in a bit of last year’s development camp and came away particularly impressed with Camara, calling him a “pretty tough individual that can play the game.” At this year’s camp, the Bruins have observed Camara — who got in 15 fights this past season — as being every bit as tough as he was when they drafted him, but more offensively potent.
“He’s better,” Providence coach Bruce Cassidy said after Sunday’s scrimmage. “‘¦ He wants to get noticed, finishing checks. He also prides himself on wanting to be able to to play with the puck. He doesn’t want to be typecast, so to speak, and he wants to have an all-around game.”
While the stats made it easy for Camara to be typecast on draft day, he certainly isn’t among his future teammates.
“He’s a great player,” Subban said. “He brings great energy to the game, a great hitter with a great shot.”
A great shot that can get past Subban.
|Claude Julien likes what he saw from tough guy Anthony Camara||09.21.11 at 1:28 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Anthony Camara was the first OHL player returned to his team by the Bruins in this year’s training camp, but coach Claude Julien had some kind words for the team’s third-round pick.
“He’s a pretty tough individual that can play the game. We’ve always said that before. We like to find guys that if they’re going to be guys that are tough hockey players and want to play part of that role, they’ve got to also know how to play hockey,” Julien said of Camara. “That’s why we drafted this guy. He’s got some decent skills, and his skating his actually pretty good. This year was just an experience here for him. He got a taste of what pro hockey is all about. He’s going to come back next year an even better and more comfortable player.”
The 18-year-old Camara will return to the Saginaw Spirit, where he has established himself as one of the league’s top fighters over the last two years. Here’s a video of Camara dropping the gloves with fellow B’s prospect Tyler Randell.
|Bruins release six from camp||at 12:44 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins have made their first round of cuts from main camp, as they announced Wednesday that Anthony Camara, Tyler Randell, Yannick Riendeau, Stefan Chaput, Calle Ridderwall and Kyle MacKinnon. All but Camara will head to Providence, while Camara will return to the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL.
|That’s a wrap: A look at the Bruins’ 2011 draft class||06.25.11 at 2:33 pm ET|
The Bruins’ 2011 draft is in the books Here’s a quick recap of the newest additions to the organization, along with some video:
Ninth overall: Dougie Hamilton, D, Niagara (OHL)
Hamilton fits the cliche of the guy the team couldn’t have expected to be available when they were picking. Many figured the 6-foot-4 defenseman would be a top-5 pick, and when he was there, the B’s grabbed a well-rounded defenseman who figures to be a top-pairing blueliner in the NHL, though Peter Chiarelli figures he needs “at least” another year of seasoning before he plays in Boston. That means a third season in the OHL for Hamilton is a safe bet.
Chiarelli compares the 18-year-old Hamilton to Rob Blake, with Hamilton likening his style to Blake, Jay Bouwmeester and Brent Burns.
There shouldn’t be much pressure on a guy like Hamilton to be rushed. Given how high his ceiling is as a physical, strong-skating and offensively savvy defenseman and the fact that the B’s have good enough blue line depth, the B’s can let him continue to develop without having to rush him to the show.
40th overall: Alex Khokhlachev, F, Windsor (OHL)
The 17-year-old Russian can play center or wing, and he scored 34 goals this past season for the Spitfires. Last season was his first in the OHL, and he led all rookies with 20 points in the playoffs.
81st overall: Anthony Camara, LW, Saginaw (OHL)
Camara is the tough guy of the Bruins’ 2011 haul. He totaled 132 penalty minutes this past season for Saginaw, and simply plugging his name into YouTube will yield some OHL bouts of his. Camara stands at 6-foot-0 and 194 pounds. He scored eight goals and had nine assists in 2010-11. He is committed to attend Cornell.
121st overall: Brian Ferlin, RW, Indiana (USHL)
The first non-OHL player selected by the B’s in this draft, Ferlin scored 25 goals and chipped in 48 assists for Indiana in 2010-11. The Jacksonville native stands at 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds.
151st overall: Rob O’Gara, D, Milton Academy (HS)
The New York native is set to attend Yale, making it two future Ivy Leaguers chosen by the B’s in this year’s draft. He scored two goals and had seven assists for Milton Academy this past year.
181st overall: Lars Volden, G, Blue Jr. (Finland)
Though he played in Finland last year, Volden actually hails from Norway. The B’s have now spent sixth-round picks on goaltenders in two straight years, as they added Zane Gothberg with the 165th pick last year. Volden had a 2.46 goals against average and .907 save percentage for Blues Jr. in 2010-11.
|Bruins add gritty winger Anthony Camara in third round||at 12:56 pm ET|
The Bruins continued their run on OHL players Saturday, taking left wing Anthony Camara with the 20th pick of the third round (81st overall). Given that the 17-year-old played last season for Saginaw, the B’s have now chosen players from the OHL with their first three picks (they chose Niagara’s Dougie Hamilton ninth overall and Windsor’s Alex Khokhlachev with the 40th pick).
Camara hails from Toronto and stands at 6-foot-0 and 194 pounds. He was ranked the No. 78 North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. He scored eight goals and had nine assists for 17 points last season, his first in the OHL. Camara racked up 132 penalty minutes.
Scouting reports peg Camara as a gritty, hard-nosed winger, and he’s clearly a willing fighter. If he hopes to play in the physical style coveted by the B’s, he has a great role model at left wing in the organization in Milan Lucic.