Boston Bruins Prospect Reports Part 2
Here is part two of Boston Sports Then and Now’s Boston Bruins Prospect report. You can read part one here.
Center, Alexander Khokhlachev:
Khokhlachev was drafted by the Boston Bruins with the 40th pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The young center could have gone in the first round that year, had it not been for the “Russian factor” that haunts just about all Russian born players entering the league. Though he had exuberantly told interviewers and scouts alike that he intended to play in the NHL and that it was his dream, he still fell to the Bruins in the second round. It is unusual to see the B’s, or General Manager in particular Peter Chiarelli, go for a player like Khokhlachev. The Bruins usually target players with a strong two way presence and physicality to their game, a “Bruins style” player if you will.
Khokhlachev is a high-end skill player with great vision and puck handling ability. His defensive play is somewhat lacking, as is the norm among the skilled players in the hockey world. Despite his defensive shortcomings, he has still always to put up good numbers wherever he has gone. In 123 OHL games with the Windsor Spitfires he has 59 goals, 86 assists, and a -10. He also has 24 powerplay goals in that span, which is where he could find his niche with the Bruins should he ever get the opportunity. He also has had success with Russia in the World Juniors taking home a silver medal in 2012, and a bronze medal in 2013. In 14 World Junior games he had 7 goals, 3 assists, and a +8. Khokhlachev reminds me of beloved former Bruins Sergei Samsonov, maybe if he ever finds his way on the Bruins roster, he can dazzle like Sergei did all those years ago.
Left Wing, Anthony Camara:
Anthony Camara was drafted by the Boston Bruins with the 81st overall pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Camara’s game grew in a big way. Prior to the start of the 2012/13 OHL season, Camara was more of a bruiser than anything. He average roughly 18 points in his first three seasons with the Saginaw Spirit until being traded to the Barrie Colts in 2012. When Camara arrived with the Colts, his role grew and he began putting up career numbers. This current OHL season has been the young winger’s coming out party. In 43 games he has 31 goals, 24 assists, a +10, and 70 penalty minutes. His strong play even got him enough attention to garner a roster spot on Canada’s World Junior roster, something that is coveted among the hundreds of talented young Canadian hopefuls each year.
As I said above; Camara is a bruiser and a physical presence. He plays his best hockey when he uses his body like current Bruin Milan Lucic and his scout analysis echoes those sentiments. It is believed that his highest potential is that of a Lucic lite, though such expectations should be tempered given the rarity of a player like Lucic’s skill set. At worst Camara will bring a hardworking edge to the Bruins organization which is a must for anyone who wants to make an impact whether it is in Providence or Boston. I believe he has bottom six potential. I also believe he is the potential replace for rugged winger Shawn Thornton when he retires. Regardless of his potential, Camara has the ability and no nonsense game to be a fan favorite in Boston, and a solid NHLer.
Goaltender, Malcolm Subban:
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft was the Boston Bruins selection of goaltender Malcolm Subban, with the 24th overall pick. To clarify, it wasn’t a surprise Malcolm went in the first round, because he certainly deserved to. It was a surprise because his older brother PK is currently one of the most despised players among Bruins fans and players alike. Regardless of bloodlines and family, Malcolm is a very good young goaltender with a high ceiling. There is a little peril with Subban though, as some scouts feared that his lack of fundamentals may hurt his potential. Malcolm is considered to have weaker fundamentals than his peers because he didn’t start playing in net until he was 12 years old. His saving grace is his tremendous athleticism, which influences his incredibly explosive lateral mobility. It also helps him recover from a bad rebound in a way reminiscent of Tim Thomas’ ability to never be out of a play.
Malcolm has had a busy season with the OHL’s Belleville Bulls. In 39 games he has a line of 25-9-3, with three shutouts. He also sports an excellent 2.22 goals against average which is good for first in the OHL, and a .931 save percentage for which he is tied at second. While Malcolm is having a great year with the Bulls, his appearance in the 2013 world juniors was less than stellar. He failed to win a medal with a Canadian team loaded with talent including Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, as well as fellow Bruins Dougie Hamilton and Anthony Camara. Subban started 6 games and had a record of 4-2-0. He posted a very mediocre 2.76 goals against average and .901 save percentage to round out the disappointed showing from Team Canada. The blame does not entirely fall on Subban though, as he clearly still has a lot to learn before he makes an impact with the Bruins at either the NHL or AHL level. Goaltenders generally take longer to develop and it will likely be this way with Malcolm.
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