Next Saturday the NHL will be having their annual rookie showcase. It will be held at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto. Thirty three young skaters were invited to show off their skills, and two of them were chosen from the Providence Bruins. Both of these Providence players have a shot of making the NHL squad this season in some capacity. The two players selected from the Providence Bruins were Alexander Khokhlachev and Anthony Camara.
Khokhlachev has a technical, graceful style of play, while Camara’s can best be described as utterly fearless.
Khokhlachev was able to play one game in the Boston uniform last season. In his April 13th performance against the New Jersey Devils, he got a taste of the game at the NHL level. He played twenty-two shifts for a total of 15:14 of ice time. He earned two penalty minutes and got two shots on goal.
He was drafted in the second round(40th overall) of the 2011 draft by the Bruins.
Khokhlachev’s AHL season last year showed off his potential. As a center, he put up fifty seven points(twenty one goals) for Providence. He had a plus/minus of +11, and twenty-eight minutes in penalties. He has OHL and KHL experience under his belt as well, and could be a prime contender for the fourth line (if the Bruins move Gregory Campbell to the wing). His biggest competition going into training camp would be fellow Providence center Ryan Spooner.
While Anthony Camara’s chances aren’t as good as Khokhlachev’s, it isn’t not outside the realm of possibility for him to make the fourth line or become the thirteenth forward. (If the latter option happens, they’re likely to keep Camara in the AHL for another year and stick with Jordan Caron.)
Camara is an aggressive winger who is not afraid to drop the gloves. To be honest, the only player that on the Providence squad that is more dangerous in a fight than Camara is Bobby Robins. If the Bruins realize that they may want a part time enforcer(It makes little sense for a player like Milan Lucic to be in the penalty box for Boston.), they could call on Camara to be the big body presence on the fourth line wing.
Last season in Providence, Camara earned twenty two points for Providence (nine goals). His plus minus was a +2, and he earned fifty minutes in penalties.
Camara was also drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected in third round (eighty-first overall.)