The Malik Report
by George Malik on 03/16/14 at 10:11 PM ET
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.
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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