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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bruins prospect profile #18: Carter Camper

Carter Camper, C
5-9, 175
July 6, 1988
Shoots: Right
Signed as a free agent; April, 2011
Signing status: Signed through 2013

Talent Analysis

Physical: Small frame with not a great deal of room to grow or fill out- will be an undersized player who must do the little things to compensate. Not an explosive skater or exceptionally fast, but gets from point A to B effectively enough. Slippery and agile; can shake defenders with quick cuts and tight turns. Light on his feet. Outstanding passer with a good stick for making tape-to-tape feeds. Underrated shooter; gets it off quickly and can hit the open spaces with ease. Not a physical player and lack of size/strength means that he has trouble containing his man when playing in his own end. Had off-season hip surgery; may be hindered a bit in camp/the start of the season based on his recovery schedule, but expected to be on the ice to compete. Was fourth in the nation (NCAA) with 57 points and one of 10 Hobey Baker finalists as the top collegiate hockey player.

Intangibles: What Camper lacks in high-end measurables, he makes up for in top offensive hockey sense, ability to read the play and an innate feel for creating scoring chances. One of the most creative players in all of college hockey and never scored fewer than 15 goals and 41 points in any of his four seasons with Miami University. A leader- captained the Redhawks as a senior. Consistent and hard-working; understands that he has to outwork and outthink his opponents and has been productive at every single level to date. Smart, energetic player who can kill penalties despite the lack of pure wheels and speed.

Boston Bruins 2011 Development Camp assessment

Did not attend due to hip surgery.

Projection

In terms of style, Camper compares to former Bruin Marty St. Pierre, and isn't likely to seriously compete for an NHL job for another couple of years. What the Ohio native will do is provide Providence another playmaking center whose impact could be pretty immediate given what he did in his first years in the USHL and NCAA. In three late-season AHL contests, Camper scored a goal and an assist, so the potential is there for him to be a productive minor leaguer. As for where he projects in the NHL, it's hard to envision Camper as a top-two center, but he certainly could carve a niche out for himself on the lower lines and on special teams. He'll have to pay his dues in the minors, but Camper is a solid no-risk signing for Boston, who provides some insurance offensively if Zach Hamill ends up being traded before or during the season. A lot of it will depend on the kind of impact Camper makes, and the interesting thing is that Camper is actually a few months older than Hamill is, so the team is not getting younger by swapping the two out.

Carter Camper in action

Click here to see YouTube NCAA highlight vid posted by weisguy85

Quotable

"[Camper] lacks ideal size and doesn't show the first step explosion or top end gear you want to see from a smaller player. But compensates with tremendous native intelligence- his hockey IQ is off the charts. Puck seems to follow him around the rink, and he makes great decisions in puck movement with quick, decisive passes."- Red Line Report; March, 2011

“I’ve been talking to teams since the season ended. It all happened pretty quick. I’m extremely excited. It’s a dream come true to be a part of the Bruins organization.”- Carter Camper to Dayton Daily News; April 6, 2011

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