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07-13-2012, 12:41 PM
Mike Farkas
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First, Medicine Hat would like to congratulate The Inglewood Jacks for winning the 2012 ATD. With the second pick in the 2012 MLD, the Medicine Hat Tricks are proud to select:

From the Florida Panthers, defenseman Brian Campbell - hard to go too terribly far without a big-minute, #1, puck-moving defenseman. And I'd wager that this will be his last selection in the MLD.

Brian Campbell, D

2012 Lady Byng Trophy (first defenseman to win the award since Red Kelly in 1954)
2nd Team All-Star (2008)

Norris voting record: 5th, 7th, 10th
All-Star Team voting: 4th, 7th, 9th, 16th
Frequent quality looks at the Lady Byng despite being in a non-traditional position to win the award.
Played in NHL All-Star Game: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012
2010 Stanley Cup Champion

NHL Time on Ice, Average TOI, ES TOI, ES ATOI leader in 2012. Led all d-men in PP TOI in 2012 also.

League-wide: 16th in ES ATOI in 2011, 4th in ES ATOI in 2010, 14th in ATOI in 2008, 16th in ES ATOI in 2008.

10th in the league in total ice time since 2008. He's 6th in points among defensemen since 2005-06 (of that same sample, all of the top-12 were selected in the ATD except for Campbell and XXXXX XXXXXXX).

Top-10 Defensive point finishes since 2008: 2nd, 3rd, 10th

11th among d-men in plus/minus since 2006 (+64).

The smooth-skating Brian Campbell has exploded in terms of prominence and offensive production since the lockout. An excellent skater, Campbell makes a terrific breakout pass and is also a noted puck rusher. He eats an enormous amount of minutes and is extremely reliable. He's played in 82 games (or more) games since the lockout 4 times and 79 games in another season. He once played in 388 consecutive contests. A power play quarterback and excellent puck distributor. Campbell can also play on the penalty kill, though largely on the 2nd unit. More of an offensive defenseman, but has evolved defensively with maturity.

He has consistently gone deep into the playoffs. He's played in 97 playoff games since the lockout (most among all d-men over that stretch...including Nicklas Lidstrom). Only twice has he been bounced in the first round since '06, including being on the wrong end of a double-OT game 7 loss to the eventual Eastern Conference champs in New Jersey in 2012. He won the Stanley Cup in 2010 with Chicago, assisting on the Cup clinching goal and led the playoffs in plus/minus at +11. Campbell had a remarkable junior career with Ottawa going to the Memorial Cup once and taking home many awards including CHL Player of the Year. He was named a First Team All-Star at the 1999 World Junior Championships for Canada.

Campbell is well known as a gentlemanly and sportsmanlike player since his youth. He routinely receives votes for the Lady Byng Trophy and finally won in 2012. He logged the most minutes in the league and was assessed only six penalty minutes all season (!) and one-third of those penalty minutes came from a delay of game penalty. Upon receiving award, Campbell became the first Florida Panther to receive an award that was voted upon by the media or general managers.

Originally Posted by Buffalo News, Dec. 2, 2007
For the last three seasons, defenseman Brian Campbell has certainly been one of the leaders in the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room...
Originally Posted by Dan Rosen, - Feb. 26, 2008
Campbell, who is one of the best defensemen in the NHL, a two-time All-Star... || Campbell brings his elite skills, including his super speed and ability as a power-play quarterback, to the Sharks, a team that desperately needed a "pick-me-up" in their bid to become a major contender in the Western Conference. || Campbell's ability as a puck-rushing defenseman should also soften the typically aggressive forecheck teams have played against the Sharks.
Originally Posted by Sharks GM Doug Wilson
I think he's one of the top puck-moving defenseman in the game. We think he'll fit in tremendous for our hockey team. He'll certainly improve our power play and our puck possession game. He's a world class skater. He can move the puck. He can play defense. He's a multidimensional player, and he's had success. He's the type of guy that will fit into the dressing room here
Originally Posted by James Patrick
He's as good of a momentum skater as there is in the League. As a guy who can be skating backward with the puck, pivot and go forward he carries that momentum incredibly. To wind up and go behind the net, he just comes out flying.
Not known as an overtly physical player...Brian Campbell once scrambled R.J. Umberger's eggs in the playoffs.

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