WILMINGTON, MA – If Anthony Camara’s Development Camp jersey was stitched with the number 22, fans at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA may think that Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton had arrived to pick on the unassuming youngsters.
While there are similarities between their games, the number 51 worn by Camara served as a reminder that he still has a lot of work to do to garner comparisons to the beloved Bruins fourth liner.
“Definitely,” Camara said when asked if he feels pressure to show improvement.
“You have a lot of expectations coming in here, having known what you’ve done last year, so you want to have a good camp this year and show what you’ve improved over the summer.”
First and foremost, however, the B’s third round pick (81st overall) in 2011 is a tough, hard-nosed forward who can be a nightmare for smaller defensemen on the forecheck.
“I’m just a power-forward, up-and-down winger,” he said. “I like to get my nose dirty in the corners and I just like to finish checks.”
At Sunday’s Development Camp scrimmage, the Toronto-native’s physicality caught the eye of Providence Bruins Head Coach, Bruce Cassidy.
“He [wants] to be physical – that’s his game,” said Cassidy.
“He wants to get noticed finishing checks, but he also prides himself on wanting to be able to play with the puck. He doesn’t want to be typecast so to speak, and he wants to have an all-around game.”
Camara shared Cassidy’s assessment, and feels he can add further dimensions to his overall play.
“I felt like I put up some good numbers this year [and] played with better players this year,” said Camara in reference to his scoring ability. “I feel like there’s another upside to my game as well.”
Although it may take some time for Camara to develop into the kind of player Thornton has become, the 6-foot forward is ready and willing to put in the necessary effort.
Asked when he could see himself suiting up for the Black & Gold, Camara replied, “As quick as possible.”
“You got to pay your dues in the organization, take it step by step, and hope for the best.”