BostonBruins.com - Anthony Camara
is a Bruins prospect who you want to pay close attention to.
The 19-year-old forward attended the club's Development Camp for his third time as a member of the organization, after being drafted 81st overall in 2011, and he continues to impress the organization with his tremendous improvement over time.
The winger is expected to start his pro career this Fall, joining the Providence Bruins. He's also expected to make his presence felt during Boston's training camp, and challenge the young forwards competing for a spot on the B's third line.
"What he’s done, since we’ve drafted him, is that he’s really focused on his conditioning and his commitment to the game and his role," said General Manager Peter Chiarelli. "As the years have progressed, by focusing on those areas, he’s gotten better."
The 6-foot, 194-pound left shot is a tough customer. He's known as a gritty player. He forechecks hard. He can also hit the scoresheet - and not just for those 91 penalty minutes he recorded last season.
He's developed his size, and increased his offensive production at the junior level. Camara put up career numbers in all offensive categories in 2012-13 with the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts - in his fourth junior season - notching 36 goals and 24 assists for 60 points.
“Anthony had a real nice growth from his time he was brought into our organization on and off the ice," added Assistant GM, Don Sweeney.
"He’s much more confident in his abilities. His work habits, his attention to detail have dramatically improved. He’s physically mature and off the ice his approach, his professionalism, his realizing the attention to details."
Camara took on a leadership role among the prospects in the B's organization throughout his third Development Camp.
It felt natural to Camara. He embraced the veteran status.
“I felt that when I came here this year I could help the younger guys out so that next year when the other guys come in, they can give them a hand," said Camara, of carrying the leadership torch.
"It’s just a good chain of events that go along and you want that to keep going along.”
Being a vet at camp has not only helped Camara become a strong leader; it has helped him become a better all-around hockey player, which is, of course, the ultimate goal.
“I just try to come with a mindset of just working hard and coming to the rink to improve every day," said Camara.
Making the most of his commitment to improve has really paid off for the Toronto native, who is looking forward to the pro game.
“Its just another step in the right direction. I think it motivates me even more," he said. "When I go back home to Toronto, I just need to work even harder to come here and have a great year and go from there.”
That dedication is not lost on the Bruins' staff.
“He’s really focused as to what he wants to do. He wants to be an NHL player. He’s going to do everything it takes,” said Sweeney.
While Camara knows it will be a tough goal to achieve, he has a very clear idea of what it will take.
“You have to work on everything, skating, shooting, puck possession along the wall, just all aspects of the game.”
“The mental part is definitely a big point too, just watching hockey games, seeing who you play like and seeing how he reacts to situations. I think that's a big thing. “
Sweeney has no doubt that if Camara continues to work hard and improve, the gritty forward will be able to achieve that goal.
“He’s ready to be a pro.”
---Written by Kayleigh Hodgdon for BostonBruins.com (Caryn Switaj contributed to this story)