Sunday, March 13, 2016

Carter Camper Signed Cloth Card

Carter Camper played in three NHL games with the Boston Bruins in 2011-12, scoring his first goal in the process. He was then traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and signed two straight one-year, two-way deals with the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals organizations, never getting a call-up with either team, which is understandable with the Caps, considering they're one of the best teams in the league.

Camper is a crafty, skilled, short winger who probably went undrafted because he stands at just 5'9" and 170 pounds and isn't the super-speedy type. He spent four years in the NCAA leading all American scorers and with choice positions in the Miami RedHawks organization, ranking second all-time in points and assists, and seventh in goals.

Upon being traded, he finished the 2013-14 season with 4 goals, 16 assists and 20 points in 19 games (plus 5 more points in 5 playoff games) with the Springfield Falcons, and had a respectable 15 goals, 37 assists and 52 points in 75 games last year with the Binghamton Senators.

This year, he was on a slower pace with the Hershey Bears, with 8 goals, 24 assists and 32 points in 55 games so far, behind Chris Bourque, 29 years old (25-40-65 in 58 games), Riley Barber, 21 (21-25-46 in 59), Travis Boyd, 21 (18-25-43 in 61) and Sean Collins, 26 (14-20-34 in 60). I would assume the youngsters are being groomed to be with the Caps long-term, so they're probably getting the more favourable minutes, making Camper's statistics even more decent if he's facing tougher opposition and getting less favourable zone starts.

For some reason, I fell on a few of his cards a couple of years ago, including this one, #207 from Panini's 2012-13 Limited set and Phenoms sub-set (numbered #95/299):
It contains a blue-sharpied on-cloth autograph inserted into a card that barely shows him and the Bruins' white (away) uniform.

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