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Red Wings sign college free agent Colin Campbell

As Micahel Ortel on Twitter noted, the Red Wings have dipped into the NCAA free agent marketplace:

Hockey's Future's DJ Powers listed Campbell among her list of NCAA free agents:

Colin Campbell, RW
Senior, Lake Superior State University (WCHA)

Despite a lack of prospects on their rosters in recent years, NHL teams have continually kept a close eye on Lake Superior State. At the end of last season, the Lakers saw Kellen Lain and Buddy Robinson sign with the Vancouver Canucks and the Ottawa Senators, respectively. This season, one Lake Superior State player that NHL teams are watching closely is Colin Campbell.

After missing much of his junior campaign last season due to injury, Campbell has bounced back and been an impact player this season. The Pickering, ON native ranks second on the team with 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 36 games to date. His 14 goals and three game-winners both lead Lake Superior State.

Those are Campbell's full-year stats: 14 goals, 15 assists, 29 points and 26 penalty minutes. He turns 23 in a month, on April 17th.

Campbell is a sturdy 6’1”, 203-pound power forward who is especially strong on the puck. One attribute that has gotten the attention of scouts is Campbell’s sheer strength. Simply put, he’s very difficult to move off of the puck. Campbell uses his powerful frame and tenacity advantageously along the walls and in front of the net, and is also very good cycling the puck. Many of Campbell’s goals aren’t of the pretty variety, but instead come as a result of hard work and relentless battles for loose pucks. He also uses his strength effectively in protecting the puck and maintaining possession. His strength, great play in tight areas and physicality allow him to excel in the muck-and-grind game.

I don't know much about him, so here's his biography from the Lakers' website:

Junior (2012-13): Missed 30 games while recovering from off-season surgery...Recorded an assist during his first game back on Feb. 15 and notched two assists during his first three games.

Sophomore (2011-12): Finished third on the team in overall points with 9-16--25...Led LSSU and tied for seventh in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in power-play points in games against league opponents with 2-8--10 (2-10--12 overall)...Recorded seven multiple-point games, including a two-goal game against Michigan State (10/15)...Compiled 1-3--4 during a series split at home against Miami (1/13-14)...Scored a goal in both games during the Lakers’ second-round playoff series at Western Michigan (3/9-10).

Freshman (2010-11): Appeared in 37 of 39 games...His first collegiate point was a goal during a 5-4 victory over Colgate (10/23)...Contributed 1-2--3 during the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs, including a goal during the Lakers’ 4-2 season-ending loss at Notre Dame (3/13).

Prior to LSSU:Was a teammate of Laker rookie Kevin Kapalka on the Vaughan Vipers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League...Tied for ninth in OJHL scoring after totaling 32-44--76 during the 2009-10 regular season and added 3-2--5 in five playoff games...Voted Team East’s player of the game during Game 1 of the Canadian Junior Hockey Prospects Games held in December, 2009, in Manitoba...Was ranked 157th on the 2010 NHL Scouting List and received the OJHL Top Prospects Award.

Personal: Son of Richard Campbell...A 2008 graduate of Dunbarton High School...Planning to major in Marketing.

All About Colin:

Parents: Richard and the late Elaine

Hometown: Pickering, Ont.

Favorite superhero: Batman

Advice I would give youngsters: Never quit

Best part of playing for Lake Superior State: Victory bell

What I want to do after I graduate: Travel Europe

Most memorable athletic moment: Representing Team Canada East in P.E.I.

Person or people who have made the biggest impact on my hockey career: My parents

Person I would most like to meet: Bill Gates

The most important lesson I have learned: Time management

Pre-game ritual: Shower and coffee

Favorite book: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

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42jeff's avatar

Oh good another forward for a team that needs centers and D.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/16/14 at 10:14 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Given that Jarnkrok’s skidaddled, I’ll take big, mean and gritty.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/16/14 at 10:32 PM ET


Oh good another forward for a team that needs centers and D.

Yeah, why didn’t the stupid Red Wings sign the proven first-pairing elite NHL defenseman who just finished his last year at LSSU?

Posted by Garth on 03/16/14 at 10:36 PM ET

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It’s early yet! wink

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/16/14 at 10:47 PM ET


Not to get off topic but has anyone seen the Morrison kid included on the HF link? 

Kenney Morrison, D
Sophomore, Western Michigan University
6’2”, 205 lbs

Posted by maltby18 on 03/17/14 at 12:02 AM ET


And Campbell shoots right as well!

Posted by maltby18 on 03/17/14 at 12:04 AM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

Am I reading this right?

* He is currently 19 and will soon be 20.
* He was a Freshman in the 2010-11 season WHEN HE WAS 16 ??!

Posted by alwaysaurie on 03/17/14 at 12:07 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

23, sorry.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/17/14 at 12:10 AM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

No problem.

Do you know if he’s going straight to GR, George?

Is there a chance he comes to Detroit and takes Tootoo’s spot on the 4th line?

Posted by alwaysaurie on 03/17/14 at 12:20 AM ET

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Is there a chance he comes to Detroit and takes Tootoo’s spot on the 4th line?

Since Babcock appears to have zero faith in Pulkkinen at this point, I’d prefer to see he and Tootoo replaced with Ferraro and Callahan. Both are defensively responsible with a bit of a scoring touch. And it would be nice to see what they can do in the NHL before they’re out of waivers this summer.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/17/14 at 09:38 AM ET

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Wings need to see some GR D men SOON and let them get a taste of the NHL and prepare for next years camp! Aside from injuries the Wings D has been average at best. No number 1 D man , over paid Quincey and I am not sold on Smith/Lashoff being better than the prospects in GR.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/17/14 at 11:03 AM ET

Paul's avatar

More on Campbell from Khan.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/17/14 at 02:45 PM ET

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed left wing Colin Campbell to a two-year, entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.
Campbell, 22, recently completed his senior season at Lake Superior State University, finishing second on the team with 29 points (14-15-29) in 36 games. He led the Lakers with three game-winning goals and ranked second with four power-play tallies and one shorthanded goal. A native of Pickering, Ontario, Campbell was limited to just nine games in his junior season due to injury but ranked third on the team as a sophomore in 2011-12 with 25 points (9-16-25) in 37 games. The 6-foot-1, 203-lb., forward finished his collegiate career with 64 points (27-37-64) and 64 penalty minutes in 119 games. Prior to skating at Lake Superior State, Campbell tallied 142 points (56-86-142) in 93 games with the Ontario Junior A Hockey League’s Vaughan Vipers from 2008-10.
Colin Campbell
Born Apr 17 1991 —Pickering, ONT
Height 6.01—Weight 203—Shoots R
                          —- Regular Season—- ——Playoffs——
Season   Team             Lge   GP   G   A Pts PIM GP   G   A Pts PIM
2007-08 Pickering Panthers   OPJHL   1   0   0   0   2 —————
2008-09 Vaughan Vipers       OJHL   47   24   42   66   39   9   7   2   9   0
2009-10 Vaughan Vipers       OJHL   46   32   44   76   55   5   3   2   5   6
2010-11 Lake Superior State   CCHA   37   4   3   7   12 —————
2011-12 Lake Superior State   CCHA   37   9   16   25   22 —————
2012-13 Lake Superior State   CCHA   9   0   3   3   4 —————
2013-14 Lake Superior State   WCHA   36   14   15   29   26 —————

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/17/14 at 02:46 PM ET


“He’s going to be a checker at the next level.”

YESSSSSSS!!!! For a team that “doesn’t score well,” give me all the checkers I can get my hands on!

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/17/14 at 03:34 PM ET

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Posted by w2j2 on 03/17/14 at 05:04 PM ET

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Campbell is a sturdy 6’1”, 203-pound power forward who is especially strong on the puck. One attribute that has gotten the attention of scouts is Campbell’s sheer strength. Simply put, he’s very difficult to move off of the puck.

Pack on another twenty- to twenty-five pounds and maybe, just maybe, have some of Homer’s courage and determination to be a netfront pest for opposing goalies.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 03/17/14 at 05:36 PM ET

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