Beginning today, we’ll be handing out season-ending report cards number to each member of the 2010-11 NHL Stanley Cup Champions, Boston Bruins. Written on a daily basis, we’ll be posting one player at a time in order of their jersey number.
To kick things off today, June 20, 2011, here’s center Gregory “Soupy” Campbell.
Name: Gregory Campbell
Weight: 197 lbs.
Contract: $1.1 million, UFA in 2012
Line combinations (dobberhockey.com):
Even strength: Brad Marchand, Shawn Thornton 31.05%
Shorthanded: Marchand, 46.15%
2010-11 NHL Regular Season: 13-16–29, plus-11, 93 PIM, 98 SOG
2010-11 NHL Playoffs: 1-3–4, minus-2, 4 PIM, 24 SOG
Anthony’s Take: Brought in as a fourth-line-grinder, Campbell exceeded expectations. Campbell saw a lot of time on the Bruins penalty kill units, and was one of the best at it. No 11 was second of all Bruins forwards in shorthanded time-on-ice and second on the Bruins in shorthanded points with four. Campbell’s 29 points are the second most in his career, and his 13 goals ties him for a career high which he set with the Panthers in the 2008-09 season.
Final Grade: B
Marino’s Grade: Campbell went from being a “throw-in” as part of the Nathan Horton trade to the Bruins best fourth-liner they’ve seen in a number of years — a tremendous upgrade over his predecessors Steve Begin and Stephane Yelle. Campbell ranked third on the team among forwards during the regular season with 119 hits, and when Marc Savard returned to the IR, “Soupy” was the only left-handed center on the roster. This came into play on the face-off dot, where No. 11 won nearly 52-percent in the regular season. My vote for the 2010-11 Seventh Player Award, Campbell was a pleasant surprise.
Final Grade: A-
If you go strictly on the post season stats sheet for Campbell and see his four points and minus-2 rating, you may be inclined to debate all of this positive energy directed towards No. 11. However, he and the fourth-line really set the tone when they took to the ice in the Cup Finals — especially Games 6 & 7. And as Anthony mentioned above, Campbell really set the tone on the PK. He logged nearly 70 minutes of shorthanded time on ice — 0ver 16 more minutes than the next closest forward, Chris Kelly — and average 2:43 per game, 40 seconds more than Kelly.
Not too bad for the “throw-in”.