Amateur Spotlight: Anthony Camara
The following feature appears in the October 15th edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report. Download the complete report, which includes features, upcoming games and statistics on all Bruins prospects, by clicking here.
BostonBruins.com - Forward Anthony Camara certainly has the confidence to drop the gloves.
The 19-year-old Bruins prospect has spent three seasons in the OHL, and recorded 39 fighting majors, according to HockeyFights.com. Over that span, he has amassed 363 penalty minutes. Camara is a physical player who has no problem mixing it up.
But when it comes to his offensive confidence, Camara needed a jumpstart.
At Boston Bruins Development Camp this summer, that jolt may have been provided in the form of advice.
“I knew what was going on with a few things [with my game] but they just told me to be a little bit more selfish with the puck,” Camara re- called of the advice he received at Dev Camp.
“Shooting the puck. I do have offensive ability, and they wanted to see it more out of me.
“It definitely gave me the confidence to come in this year, and work my hardest in the summer, and put up a good start like I did so far.”
As the Barrie Colts opened their season, Camara displayed that confidence. The six-foot forward scored a hat trick in the team’s season opener, leading the Colts to a 6-4 win over the Ottawa 67’s. In the team’s first three games, he recorded at least a point in each, scoring four goals in that span.
His torrid pace has continued through Barrie’s first part of the season, as Camara has notched nine goals in the team’s first 10 games, helping Barrie to a 8-2 record.
“I just wanted to have a good start to the season,” Camara said, who attributed his early success to “the coaching staff, Dale Hawerchuk, and putting me in the right positions, and right situations in the game, and helping me to succeed.”
Bruins Assistant GM Don Sweeney acknowledged the prospects sweltering start at Providence Bruins practice on October 11.
“Anthony Camara has gotten of to a solid start, putting up numbers there,” he said.
There have been plenty of signs that Camara’s offensive game has been coming around. In each of his first three seasons, the young forward increased his goal totals, going from six, to eight, to a career-high 16 last season.
Still, as Camara adds another dimension to his game, he said it is important not to leave behind another.
“I don’t want to get away from what got me there in the first place; my physicality, and sticking up for my teammates. I want to get space out there for the other players on my team to do what they do, and just kind of help out offensively as well.”
For Camara, a large part of his development has been a higher comfort level on the ice. The forward said that has come from gaining confidence, like he did this summer at Development Camp, as well as playing on lines with talented players.
“I’m comfortable skating up and down the ice and I’m getting faster and stronger out there,” he said.
But while Camara’s early offensive outbreak has been noteworthy, he’s focused on sustaining the success.
“The start was definitely great, but it doesn’t mean anything if I just let off the pedal now. I just want it to keep going, and keep on the good start and hopefully carry it on to future games.”