Kalamazoo signs former Boston Bruin pick Anthony Camara

The 2011 3rd-round pick will bring toughness to the roster

The Kalamazoo Wings continue to build depth as they sign former Boston Bruins draft pick Anthony Camara to a contract on Friday. The 6', 195 lb winger was originally drafted by Boston in the 3rd round (81st overall) in 2011. He spent four years in the Ontario Hockey League, splitting time between Saginaw and Barrie scoring 56 goals and adding 66 assists in his 245 games. Granted 36 of those goals came when he played with Mark Scheifele in Barrie, but he had the talent to finish those scoring opportunities.

It's unlikely he'll score 30 goals with the Wings, but he will bring toughness and an imposing forecheck to Kalamazoo.  In 165 AHL games with the Providence Bruins and Charlotte Checkers he had 153 penalty minutes (in the OHL he had 454).  Camara was one of the fiercest hitters during his time in the OHL and made the news when he was given a game misconduct in the 2013 World Juniors for laying out Slovakia's Patrick Luza with a devastating shoulder check.

Last season Camara was part of the trade that sent John-Michael Liles to Boston from Carolina. In 15 games with the Checkers he scored three goals and added five assists. Prior signing with Kalamazoo he was a free agent.  He is expected to play on Friday against the Brampton Beast.