Colin Campbell, RW
Senior, Lake Superior State University (WCHA)
Despite a lack of prospects on their rosters in recent years, NHL teams have continually kept a close eye on Lake Superior State. At the end of last season, the Lakers saw Kellen Lain and Buddy Robinson sign with the Vancouver Canucks and the Ottawa Senators, respectively. This season, one Lake Superior State player that NHL teams are watching closely is Colin Campbell.
After missing much of his junior campaign last season due to injury, Campbell has bounced back and been an impact player this season. The Pickering, ON native ranks second on the team with 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 36 games to date. His 14 goals and three game-winners both lead Lake Superior State.
Campbell is a sturdy 6’1”, 203-pound power forward who is especially strong on the puck. One attribute that has gotten the attention of scouts is Campbell’s sheer strength. Simply put, he’s very difficult to move off of the puck. Campbell uses his powerful frame and tenacity advantageously along the walls and in front of the net, and is also very good cycling the puck. Many of Campbell’s goals aren’t of the pretty variety, but instead come as a result of hard work and relentless battles for loose pucks. He also uses his strength effectively in protecting the puck and maintaining possession. His strength, great play in tight areas and physicality allow him to excel in the muck-and-grind game. Source
Gordie Howe is “Mr. Hockey,” Steve Yzerman “The Captain.”
Nicklas Lidstrom does not have a definitive nickname.
Half the time, it seems, his last name is mispronounced even by the most ardent Red Wings’ fans as “Lindstrom.”
Or it’s simply, “Nick.”
The latter part is fitting because the brilliance of Nicklas Lidstrom during his two decades along the blue line for the Red Wings was his understated and overwhelmingly effective performance.
To a generation of hockey fans, raised in the 1950s and 1960s, Gordie Howe will always be the greatest Red Wing of all time.
To another generation, those raised beyond the early 1980s, it is overwhelmingly Steve Yzerman.
Yet, with all due respect to Mr. Hockey and The Captain, the greatest Red Wing of all is Lidstrom, whose uniform No.5 will be retired by the organization Thursday night before a game vs. Colorado at Joe Louis Arena.