Just Who Is Evan Campbell?
- Updated: August 29, 2013
With the Oiler’s 5th round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry draft, Craig MacTavish and Company continued an Oilers trend and picked a BCHL overager in Evan Campbell. This is something that the Oilers have done often in the past and the success rate is somewhat alarming. Very few BCHL draft picks ever make it to the NHL in general. When they do, the overagers are rarely among them. Interesting to note that some successful picks from the BCHL include names like Kyle Turris, Jamie Benn and Travis Zajak.
Who Is He?
Evan Campbell at 6’1″ 175 lbs is a powerhouse center who plays a hard-working gritty game, and racks up the pims doing so. He has a definite scoring touch, putting up an impressive 20 goals and 46 assists in only 51 games, in his last season as a BCHLer. A tough kid, who can get to the corner and win the battle, or find the puck on a break and make the goalie look silly. He possesses a hard-working attitude; one that has earned him a commit to play next season with The University of Lowell-Mass, where he will spend the 2012-2013 season, and likely the next 4 years. Being the only member of the Langley Rivermen to ever be drafted into the NHL puts a bit of a cloud above his head though, only adding to his status as an overager.
Hope For The Future?
As we get further into this “Just Who Is” series, the picks get later and the prospectus decreases. The fact that this is an overager who played the last 3 years in the BCHL and is going into his first year of college hockey at age 20, only works against him. Having said that, he has been cited by coaches and trainers as being very dedicated to his craft and wants to one day play in the NHL. The next (presumably) 4 years are going to be very important when evaluating what kind of talent Even Campbell will become. I personally wouldn’t hold my breath to see him in an Oilers jersey in the near future, if at all.
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