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10-05-2012, 04:26 PM
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Brian Campbell's development is an interesting topic, especially considering the
pre-lockout and post-lockout eras.

He was an unbelievable player in junior. Not a high pick because everyone was looking for big d-men. But when Ottawa won the Memorial Cup he played huge minutes, covered an incredible amount of ice, and was clearly the best and most valuable player on that team.

Campbell had trouble cracking the NIL pre-lockout. I don't remember much about him from that time. But after the lockout he basically picked up where he had left off in junior and made his mark on the NHL.

Compare him to, say, Rafalski,St Louis, and Boyle. All were able to star before the lockout, but took a while to become stars? Was it because teams were unfairly biased against small players, or because small players took longer to adjust to the league and develop in that context? Similarly, did Campbell not get a fair chance or did he just need a few years to develop?

Even in today's NHL Ryan Ellis isn't exactly on the fast track.

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