Camara, Subban Set to Join Providence Bruins

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The Boston Bruins kicked off their 7th annual developmental camp on Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. Camp sessions will run through Monday, July 15. 23 total players are participating this year, including all six of the Bruins 2013 draft picks.

Here’s a breakdown of the camp participants:

Goalies – Malcolm Subban, Zane Gothberg, Adam Morisson

Forwards – Casey Bailey, Anton Blidh, Anthony Camara, Ryan Carpenter, Peter Cehlarik, Mitchell Dempsey, Brian Ferlin, Ryan Fitzgerald, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Garnet Hathaway, Matthew Lindblad

Defensemen – Linus Arnesson, Matt Benning, Chris Casto, Alex Cord, Derek Docken, Matthew Grzelcyk, Robbie O’Gara, Wiley Sherman

Amongst this group of promising youngsters, Anthony Camara and Malcolm Subban seem to be drawing the most attention, as each will open up the 2013-2014 season with the Providence Bruins.

Both Camara and Subban played in World Juniors this past year for Canada. That alone speaks to their talent levels.

Camara, 19-years-old, was drafted in 2011 and has seemingly exploded onto the scene. Camara’s 36 goal, 60 point output this past season with the Barrie Colts in the OHL quickly grabbed the attention of the Bruins brass. The youngster posted those eye-popping numbers with just 50 games played.

His outstanding efforts earned him a spot on Canada’s World Juniors squad. Through hard work and proper coaching, Camara has added a top-notch offensive game to compliment his physical, checking demeanor. The growth exhibited by Camara in such a short period has resulted in the Bruins pegging him as a top prospect.

Camara will be joining the Bruins for training camp this fall. Many feel Camara is ready to make the jump from the OHL to the pro level in the AHL. In his four years at the OHL level, Camara developed a two-way game and he now feels ready to put those skills to the test.

The Bruins are excited to have him skating at the AHL level this upcoming season. Providence hopes he will exhibit an enforcer role while continuing to blossom as an offensive threat.

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Subban manning Belleville’s crease

Last year’s 1st round draft pick, Malcolm Subban, will also be getting the call up from juniors to the AHL. He’ll be joining Camara and rest of the Bruins for training camp before heading to Providence.

Subban, 19-years-old as well, spent last season working on his game with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. The young net minder posted a 29-11-4 record with a 2.14 GAA and a .934 SV%. Those statistics would impress at any level of hockey. Therefore it’s not surprising the Bruins want him to turn pro.

This is Subban’s second developmental camp. He’s come a long way in recent years, honing his skills and improving upon his craft. He did have some struggles at the World Juniors with team Canada, but with any teenager comes growing pains.

For now Subban will get his reps in with the baby Bruins. He will not be rushed, as the Bruins want him to grow as a player and further perfect his skills. At some point Subban will get a chance to study under Tuukka Rask, considering Rask is locked up for the next eight seasons.

The Bruins have done a tremendous job in stockpiling and developing their prospects in recent years. They have a wealth of greatness at their disposal, including Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight, in addition to Subban and Camara. Because there is no imminent need for help at the NHL level, Boston’s future stars are able to get the needed nurturing in order to become successful professionals.

Frank O’Laughlin – Senior NHL Contributor – Title Town Sports Network

Follow along with Frank on Twitter: @BruinsHub

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