Boston Bruins prospect Anthony Camara received a profile promotion this past Tuesday courtesy of the NHLPA. An official press release listed Camara and Alexander Khokhlachev as two of the 33 invitees to the organization’s 2014 rookie showcase.
Camara and Khokhlachev are both coming off their first professional seasons in the AHL. Khokhlachev debuted with the big club on the final day of the regular season after leading Providence with 36 assists and 57 points.
Camara, whose campaign ended prematurely due to injury, posted less magnetic data with a 9-13-22 scoring log in 58 games. Even so, his invitation to the upcoming showcase validates the buzz he is bringing as a budding Bruin.
Consider what WEEI.com reporter DJ Bean wrote going into last season:
The guess here is that with some AHL seasoning, Camara could make a name for himself as a fourth-line type. His game is very simple -- speed and net drive, says Chiarelli -- so as long as he doesn’t put his team in costly situations, he could give the Bruins a pretty good return on their investment.
That is an attention-grabbing brand of Bruins prospect, all right.
With Camara staying the course as a blend of strength, sandpaper and scoring touch, which of Boston’s aspirants could still stand to garner more notice?
Virtually everybody who has already dressed with the Spoked-Bs has nailed down his pegs on the radar. So has goaltender Malcolm Subban, the franchise’s first-round draft pick from 2012 who had a sound AHL rookie campaign in 2013-14.
Attention-wise, it does not hurt the likes of Ryan Fitzgerald and Matt Grzelcyk to be incubating at Boston College and Boston University, respectively.
Beyond that, the best of the rest are ranked as follows.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this report were found via EliteProspects.com