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09-06-2011, 04:50 AM
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Originally Posted by jarek View Post
No first or second place votes, only 3 third place votes..
So nobody thought he was one of the best 2 defensemen in the league. He wasn't top-2, so why would he get top-2 votes?

22 guys thought he was top-5.

Do you REALLY want to rely on a guy who, other than a 20 game stretch in a 626 game career, was never elite at ANYTHING, was almost always a liability defensively, was soft, and only had 2 really noteworthy offensive seasons, both of which coming at a time when he was still poor in his own zone? This guy is AAA material.
A 20 games stretch? Give me a break man. He put up 43 points before he landed in San Jose. If he maintained his pace in Buffalo, instead of being traded, he would have scored 14 points in 19 games rather than 19 in 20.

Campbell's 2006 season in Buffalo is pretty wierd. He played about 18 minutes, but the #1 only 22 minutes, and only 2 guys played over 20 minutes. Basically, their minute chart doesn't add up. Either they dressed 7 defensemen on a regular basis, or they used forwards on the blueline on a regular basis. The chart isn't close either - we're talking like 6 minutes per game. Regardless, 2006 was an elite offensive season for Campbell.

Then in 2007, Buffalo was "despirate" to put Campbell as their #1 defenseman. With such a weak squad, it must have been a miracle when they led the league in scoring..... and then won the President's Trophy.... and then made it to the Conference Finals. #1 defenseman on the President's Trophy winners.... that's quite a feather in his cap, isn't it? Finally, he was higher in Norris voting than he was in scoring, so he must have brought some sort of defense or physicality to the table.

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