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Camper Joins Boston

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
ST. LOUIS, MO -- It's been a familiar scene around the Bruins locker room of late, but every time the B's call up a new player, there's always a slightly different wrinkle to the storyline.

Generally, the player, particularly one who has never made an NHL roster, is a little taken aback by the experience, and today Carter Camper fit that mold.

"It was awesome," said Camper. "I felt good out there "To be out there is a bit of a whirlwind, just seeing some of these guys out there on the same line is humbling."

But also humbling is the situation Boston's call-ups have faced in recent days, and Boston Head Coach Claude Julien didn't envy his new arrivals.

"The four guys that are coming up are coming into a team right now that is struggling a bit and is frustrated, and certainly not the best situation," said Head Coach Claude Julien of forwards Camper, Josh Hennessy, Jordan Caron and defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk. "It’s always easier to come in when a team is rolling and going well and you just kind of slide in there.

"But when you’re not, you kind of expect a little bit more out of those guys," added Julien. "And those guys want to do a little bit more so it’s not always easy."

However, if he makes the Bruins lineup on Wednesdy night, Camper would seem very capable of contributing.

While With the AHL's Providence Bruins this season, Camper has 14 goals and 24 assists in 53 games. As of February 20th, he led the team in overall points (38) and assists (24) and is coming off his first pro hat trick, which he registered against the Connecticut Whale on February 19.

Camper, 23, signed with the Bruins as a free agent, April 7, 2011, and was the only P-Bruin to represent the organization at the  AHL All-Star Game held last month in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

"He has great vision – great patience with the puck," said Hennessy of his once and future teammate. "He’s pretty slippery, he gets out of situations with the puck where you wonder how he still has it.

"He’s an offensive minded guy and a smart player."

For his part, Camper made a good first impression during his first practice and Julien agreed with his second newest forward.

"Well he’s our leading scorer in Providence and he’s been a good player from him and they certainly think he needs to be looked at as well," he said. "I watched him out there today because I haven’t seen him a lot, and I see a guy capable of making plays, a smart player so we’ll see what goes on from here moving forward."

Moreover, Camper didn't seem intimidated by his new surroundings.

"They’ve been great, really," said Camper when asked about his new teammates. "I’ve heard that coming up here talking to the other guys coming up here.

"They’re a great group of guys."

However, Camper admitted that seeing familiar faces like Caron and Hennessy helped his transition.

"I played with Jordy for a little bit down in providence and Henny has been a great guy for me to look up to as well, so a little bit of familiarity a little easier coming up here and seeing guys you’ve been rolling with for the better part of the year," said Camper, who explained that the P-Bruins similar systems aided him, too.

"That’s one of the positives about this organization," said Camper. "Down in Providence, coach [Cassidy] tries to have the same game plan as they do up here so they’re grooming players for the big time.

"There’s a few changes, a few tweaks – but at the same time it’s the same kind of system."

And for now, Camper is looking to continue the progress he's made since graduating the college ranks in Miami (OH) for the the pros.

"Earlier in the year I was trying to figure out my game and trying to figure out what I can and cant do down there, but we’re 50 games into the season and I’ve been able to transition with the help of some other guys and some good linemates," he said of his time in the AHL. "It’s the same game we’ve been playing our entire lives, except we’re better players now."
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