Captain of his team, Hobey Baker Award finalist, CCHA Scholar Athlete of the year; these are just three of many honors that boast the talent of Boston Bruins' prospect Carter Camper
. The 23-year-old rookie forward racked up a number of awards and honors throughout his college career at Miami University.
During his sophomore season, he was a CCHA Player of the Year finalist and helped get his team into the Frozen Four Championship game. In Camper's final season with the Red Hawks, he led active NCAA players in career points (69-114=183), received honorable mention in the All-CCHA recognition and was named HCA Player of the Month in October.
The Red Hawks' forward was rewarded for his efforts at Miami when the Bruins signed him to an entry level contract on April 7th 2011 and, after rookie camp, Camper was offered a spot in the main training camp, but didn’t make the final cut in Boston.
"Obviously, I would have liked to make the [Boston] team out of camp" said Camper. "But I understand Boston's deep up front... and I know I just had to come down here in Providence and prove that I can play at the pro level."
Camper has done well in that regard as he's earned himself a spot on the P-Bruins top line with Lane MacDermid
and Zach Hamill
"I've been lucky enough to play with Zach Hamill
for a good amount of the year," said Camper. “We've been able to have a little bit of chemistry.”
Thanks to that “chemistry,” Camper has notched 5 goals and 11 assists, making him tops in Providence for assists and points and tied for sixth in the AHL for scoring.
Camper believes that confidence is a major contributor to his early season success.
"I'm starting to learn how much time I have with the puck, whether in some circumstances I have more time than I used to think or if I have less time; and with confidence, you're able to start making plays- your talent starts to take over," explained the rookie.
The Miami alum is eager to get his chance to skate for the Boston team, but he knows he needs to be patient and work on his game, particularly his defense.
"I'm pretty comfortable in the offensive zone and I'm able to make plays," said Camper. “But I need to be accountable in the D-zone, I need to be able to contribute elsewhere.”
In the meantime, Camper is soaking up all the lessons and knowledge he can to add to his strengths and improve on his weaknesses.
"The coaches have been great down here, teaching me a lot and hopefully I can learn the game more, learn the systems that the Bruins play," said Camper. "For now, I just have to be the best player I can be and contribute to my team down here.
“And you know, time will tell."---Amanda Ostuni