Boston Bruins report cards: No. 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
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
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
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.