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    2011-12 Report Cards

    Boston Bruins report cards: No. 11 Gregory Campbell

    Joe Makarski May 2, 2012
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    (Photo: S. Babineau/Getty) Bruins Center Number 11, Gregory Campbell

    Throughout the offseason, Bruins Daily will be posting daily report cards on each individual of the 2011-12, Boston Bruins.

    In order of jersey number, each player will be highlighted. In today’s edition, we have Bruins forward Gregory Campbell.

    Name: Gregory Campbell
    Position: Center
    Shoots: Left
    Age: 28
    Height: 6’0″
    Weight: 197 lbs.
    Contract: Unrestricted Free Agent in 2012-13

    2011-12 NHL Season stats:
    Regular season: 78 GP, 8-8-16, minus-3, 80 PIM, 74 SOG
    Playoffs: 7 GP, 0-2-2, minus-1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG

    Chris’ Take:
    It is a very daunting task to be asked to drop the gloves to gain momentum for your team when things are not going right, but Gregory Campbell had no problem doing that job. Campbell will drop the gloves for the betterment of the team. That is why he is so valuable. Campbell has turned into a reliable fourth line center compiling over 100 hits on the year and over 50 blocked shots. Campbell also did an above average job killing penalties when on the ice for the black and gold. It will be a very tough decision for GM Peter Chiarelli trying to replace Gregory Campbell because the aspects of his game do not show up on the stat sheet and that is why he is so valuable. His scrappiness and toughness sometimes go overlooked and it cannot moving forward

    Grade B+

    Mark’s Turn:
    It’s always hard to repeat a near career-best NHL season — and repeating what should have been a Seventh Player Award-winning season but Gregory Campbell still proved to be one of the league’s best fourth-line centers. He didn’t help his UFA cause with barely winning 50% of his face-offs this season, and well below the .500 mark in the playoffs, but it’s still going to make it a  difficult decision for GM Peter Chiarelli to replace the grit of Campbell. He’s a warrior who is willing to drop the gloves at anytime, registered over 100 hits and over 50 blocked shot. While not only being a reliable forward in all three zones, Campbell has also been one of the team’s better penalty-killers.

    Again, it’s hard to duplicate an “A” grade season of yesteryear. And despite the NHL’s impending free-agents and the forwards in the Bruins’ pipeline, Campbell is certainly deserving of wearing a black-and-gold sweater for at least one more year.
    Grade B-
    Anthony’s Analysis:
    The 16 points Campbell posted this season doesn’t show how hard Campbell works. A third-liner on many other NHL teams, Campbell always gives it 110%, and that’s what I love about number 11. Although his stats were down a bit from last year, and previous years in Florida, Campbell was still very solid for the Bruins. You can always find Campbell out there on the penalty kill. Campbell is also a very sold guy in the faceoff circle. I expect the Bruins to resign Campbell. I would say something like a two-year-deal totaling $3 million dollars should be good enough to get Campbell back in Boston.
    Grade: B

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