The Bruins locked up another potential piece of their future on Thursday afternoon when they announced that they have signed Anthony Camara to an entry-level deal.

The gritty 6-foot, 190-pound forward had a breakout year for the Barrie Colts of the OHL this season and finished with 36 goals and 60 points with a plus-17 rating and a team-high 80 penalty minutes. Camara was also a member of Team Canada for the World Junior Championships along with Dougie Hamilton, and had a pair of assists along with a plus-1 rating during the tournament set that took place in Russia. Camara was a third-round pick (81st overall) of the Bruins in the 2011 NHL entry draft that also netted the Bruins Hamilton and Alex Khokhlachev among others.

Camara was originally thought to simply be a fighter with a touch of skill - a potential Shawn Thornton replacement - when first drafted. But he’s developed in the last two years into a well-rounded player that could provide both physicality and skill. That’s the kind of combination that’s a perfect fit for an organization that prides itself on tough guys that can also play the game.