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Position: Right Wing
Junior Experience: 3 Seasons
Date of Birth: 12/17/1983
Height: 6'00"
Weight: 195lbs
NHL Status: 3rd Round by Florida 2002
How Acquired: Trade with Plymouth

Gregory Campbell the son of NHL disciplinarian: Colin Campbell has been both a classic late bloomer, and classic power forward during his OHL career.  Things got started very slowly for Campbell who enjoyed a near championship season in Plymouth under current Rangers' head coach and General Manager: Peter DeBoer.  The Whalers fell short of their goal falling in the OHL finals in 6 games to a never say die Ottawa 67's team in 2001.  Campbell only participated in 10 postseason games of the 19 played by the Whalers and failed to record a point.  In fact in Campbell's entire OHL career during the postseason, spanning 16 games, Campbell went scoreless adding two assists.  This season brought a 180 turnaround for Campbell, he collected goals in each of the Rangers' first 9 postseason matchups, he finished the postseason with 15 goals in only 21 games and during the season ending banquet was named the Rangers' playoff MVP.

Campbell who was born late in 1983 was brought along slowly during is rookie season.  In fact, he only managed to score 2 goals during that season.  Looking back it may have been a blessing that Campbell got off to a slow start, because he really developed his defensive game, and a deft scoring touch started to develop during his sophomore season, making him a can't miss NHL prospect.  The Florida Panthers called his name early in the third round after his 55 point second season with the Whalers and should create some waves when rookie camp opens up in 2003.  Gregory combines, size, strength and scoring touch with defensive ability, a complete package which is very sought after, but not very often seen at this level of hockey.  Campbell may have been the best penalty killing winger in the OHL this season.  He uses his size well in blocking shots from the point while shorthanded something that he was not afraid to do all season long.  With 23 goals in only 55 games, a season shortened by a stint at the World Junior Championships he finished 5th in scoring on a Rangers team which had more scoring balance than any team in the entire league, perhaps all of Canada.

During the 2001-2002 season Campbell participated in the CHL prospects game, in 2002-2003 he represented the Rangers along with linemates: Petr Kanko and Derek Roy on the OHL's Western Conference All-Star team.  The line who played infront of Rangers' fans contributed the winning goal in a 2-0 tight-checking OHL victory, they also played together for most of the first half of the OHL regular schedule until a slightly different trio of Rangers including both Roy and Eminger left the team to persue goal for the Canadian juniors in Halifax.  They won silver, and once Roy and Campbell returned, they found that their former winger Petr Kanko had found a new home on the Rangers number two unit with Michael Richards and  Nathan O'Nabigon.

The only unfortunate about Gregory Campbell's arrival in Kitchener was his price tag.  The Rangers in desperate need of some size and scoring ability on the wings, especially after losing the likes of: Mike Amodeo, Jeff Szwez and John Osborne who combined for 26 powerplay markers in 2001-'02.  The Rangers needed to acquire someone to stuff infront of opposing netminders and they also needed to have some touch around the net.  Campbell who needed a change of scenary didn't have to make many adjustments returning to his former coach: Peter DeBoer.  The asking price was fiesty winger: Ryan Ramsay who was coming off of a 24-24-48 career year, along with Gary Klapowski and the shorter end of the stick on the exchange of some draft picks.  In the end Ramsay and Campbell had the opportunity to face off against each other the Rangers' sniper bested Ramsay as the Rangers slipped by the Plymouth Whalers in 7 games.

Statistics
 
Season
GP
G
A
P
PIM
+/-
PPG
SHG
2000-2001 Plymouth Whalers
65
2
12
14
40
0
0
0
2001-2002 Plymouth Whalers
65
17
36
55
105
0
0
0
2002-2003 Kitchener Rangers
55
23
33
56
116
0
0
0
Career Totals
185
42
81
123
261
0
0
0
Photo: Stephen Gardiner Photography