During a press conference earlier today, Boston Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney told the media that both goaltender Malcolm Subban and forward Anthony Camara will begin next season in the professional ranks.
Subban, who was drafted by the Bruins in the first round of the 2012 entry draft, has played the past three seasons in Belleville of the OHL. While backstopping the Bulls last season, the 19-year-old set career highs with a 2.14 GAA and .934 SV% in 46 games. In the playoffs, Subban took his game to another level, his GAA dipping down to 2.00 over 17 playoff appearances.
In Providence, Subban will get a shot at the starting role, something that is almost assured with the exit of former NHL Bruins backup Anton Khudobin and the signing of Chad Johnson to hold the fort behind Tuukka Rask in the bigs. With Johnson in the NHL, Subban will have to fight for time with Niklas Svedberg. Svedberg backstopped the P-Bruins in 48 contests next season, and working Subban in a tandem will give the goaltender the chance to adjust to the professional game.
Like most puck stoppers, Subban will likely be given several seasons to develop in the minors before he makes a home in the NHL.
Camara, who was Subban’s teammate with the U20 World Junior team in 2012-13, is best known as a grinder and a pest. During the World Junior Championship, Camara showed his ability to throw his weight around and get under the opposition’s skin.
A regular on the score sheet in the OHL, Camara had 66 goals and 56 assists in 245 games which includes stints with the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts. Always consistent, Camara added another 24 points (12-12) in 47 playoff games in the ‘O’.
Camara was selected by the Bruins in the third round, 81st overall, in 2011.