Bruins Prospect Report: Subban & Camara
While the drudgery of the lockout looms over the owners, players, personnel, and the fans; there is still enough Bruins related news to keep you and I busy. Various B’s have taken to the various European leagues around the globe, while others have decided to stick it out on the home front in hopes of a resolution sooner rather than later.
Unaffected by all of the lockout turmoil are the various OHL and minor league players throughout North America. Players in the AHL, CHL, QMJHL, and WHL are all still playing their seasons without limitations of a CBA negotiation. Here we are going to look at a few Bruins prospects and their seasons to date.
Malcolm Subban: The Bruins hoped to hit a home run with Subban when they took the young goaltender with the 24th overall selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. With Tim Thomas deciding that hockey wasn’t for him anymore, the Bruins felt that this was an excellent time to add to their organization goaltending depth. The move wasn’t without its drama as Malcolm is the younger brother of Montreal’s PK Subban who is despised in Boston. Despite the feeling for his brother throughout New England, Bruins fans everywhere welcomed the young net minder with open arms.
Subban has the incredible athletic ability to be both an upper echelon goaltender in the NHL and a “draft bust”. I am pleased to say that Malcolm’s start the 2012/13 OHL season has indicated that he will be leaning towards the high-end potential area as opposed to the dreaded bust territory. As the starting goaltender for the Belleville Bulls, Subban has the opportunity to work on a consistent level and work on refining his game. As you may or may not know, Malcolm began playing goaltender far later in his development than any other player in his position. This has caused his game to lack some of the traits of a more refined and traditional style.
Subban has an excellent record of 7-3-1 through 12 games this season. He is also sporting an excellent .930 save percentage and a 2.17 goals against average, he also has one shutout. The young but promising goaltender will have to battle the fundamental issues that plague him from time to time and his progress in doing so will define his future as a player. With the athletic ability to make a jaw dropping save and the explosive ability to move within the crease, Subban is a promising player in the Bruins’ pipeline of upcoming talent.
Anthony Camara: Perhaps one of the lesser known Bruins prospects; Camara has started the 2012/13 OHL season on fire. The Bruins drafted the energetic left winger with the 81st overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Camara’s “keep it simple” style of play makes him a reliable player that can be used in all situations. One of the primary hopes with the burly winger was whether or not he could develop a strong offensive game to compliment his already strong two way physical presence.
So far this season Camara has 11 goals, 7 assists, and a plus 5 in 15 games with the Barrie Colts. These are impressive numbers to state the obvious and they have put him on pace to shatter all of his previous offensive totals. When comparing Camara to current players in the NHL one can’t help but compare him to current Bruin Shawn Thornton or Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil. Comparisons have also been made to Milan Lucic as his highest possible ceiling though I should warn you to temper those expectations. He has the tools to be, at worst, an energy forward at the NHL level.
Camara’s strong start has also garnered interest from the Team Canada’s world junior squad for the upcoming games. If he makes the squad he will likely be joining his fellow Bruin prospects Malcolm Subban and Dougie Hamilton. His strong start to the season has lifted his value to the organization and if he can keep it up, he will likely be given the opportunity to compete for a roster spot in the upcoming seasons. I am not sure what expectations were for Camara when he was drafted, but I feel better about him now as he has begun displaying goal scoring qualities which amplify his game. The future is certainly bright for this surprising prospect and it appears as though the Boston Bruins may have something of a diamond in the rough here.
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