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FUTURE WATCH | Evan Campbell

by Ashley Docking / Edmonton Oilers

If at first you don’t succeed, put your head down and work harder.

Yes, that is not the classic quote that we are used to hearing, but it’s essentially the advice Evan Campbell was given by his parents when his confidence faltered.

“Yeah, I think it was in juniors and I got released from my first BCHL team,” Campbell divulged. “I kind of was at a point where I was really down and maybe thought that the whole getting the NCAA scholarship wasn't going to happen. But my parents said, ‘You have to just stick with it, be positive and keep working at it.’ And I did that, so I can’t really thank my parents enough for pushing me.”

The centreman from Port Coquitlam, B.C. hadn’t considered himself a shoo-in for selection at the NHL draft.

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“I never thought I had the chance to be selected. So not getting drafted in my draft year, even the year after, I kind of just expected it (to happen that way),” said Campbell, “But I knew I had other goals that I wanted to achieve and that was getting a NCAA scholarship.”

So the centreman put his head down and continued to work hard to find consistent production at the junior level in hopes of getting offers from some D-1 Universities and to get the chance to continue to develop on the national stage at school.

Campbell found his touch in his final season with the BCHL’s Langley Rivermen, posting a career high point total (66 points, including 20 goals and 46 assists) over the span of 51 games.

“I agree (when people say) I would be considered a late bloomer. I think it took me a while in juniors to become more of a dominant player. I think every player has a different route that they take,” said Campbell. “Sometimes they can dominate at levels right away and sometimes, like myself, it took me a little bit longer to develop as a player.”

The success he had in junior (Campbell recorded over a point per game with Langley, 85 points in 82 games) led to the 6-foot-0 forward committing to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, but just on the horizon was a new challenge— one even he didn’t even foresee.

While enjoying the summer at home with his family, before heading to the East Coast, Campbell became one of the most unsuspecting draftees of the 2013 class.

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“I was at a family barbecue at my grandparents house and I was watching the draft,” he said. “We watched the first couple of rounds and then I shut it off. It was time to eat with the family. “About 20 minutes later, we were just sitting down and my phone started going off and my roommate from the year before (Mario Puskarich) text me and said I think you just got drafted.”

Campbell didn’t believe it and had to look it up himself!

“It was a pretty special feeling. It’s a crazy day, something I'll never forget… I'm thankful for the opportunity that the Oilers gave to me in my overage year. But I thought it would never happen.”

It wasn’t always easy, but the hard work and the grind have paid off for Campbell.

So the newly drafted Oiler left the West Coast for the East, but location wasn’t the only adjustment for the NCAA rookie. D-1 has some high level skill and the first year Campbell had 11 points (nine goals and two assists), something that was a bit uncharacteristic for the playmaker.

“I might not always be making a pretty pass, but I’m always getting on the forecheck and maybe creating a turnover for (my) linemates to get a scoring opportunity. I think I do have the ability to score goals here and there, but I find myself setting up linemates more than getting the chances myself.”

The learning curve was quick and more ice time has turned into a better yield for the now sophomore.

Campbell, who already has 19 points 23 games, is tied for second on team scoring for the River Hawks but has, at times, had some challenges consistently finding his name in the box score. But the 21-year-old forward takes the same approach to improvement as he has with everything else.

“I think being mentally strong in the sport of hockey is something you definitely need. I think through the ups and downs you always stick with it, you never give up and you use all the resources you have around you,” Campbell said. “Be positive about it and keep a good attitude. If you do that, things will eventually work out for you.”

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Stats Updated as of Wednesday, February 4, 2015  | * - Player on AHL contract with Oklahoma City Barons

Oklahoma City (AHL)


Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM
KEITH AULIE D 25 8 0 1 1 -6 0
BRANDON DAVIDSON D 23 31 2 5 7 +10 26
TRAVIS EWANYK F 21 41 2 2 4 -14 61
MATT FORD* F 30 42 13 19 32 +4 18
MARTIN GERNAT d 21 35 0 5 5 +4 24
LUKE GAZDIC F 25 5 2 0 2 -1 7
CURTIS HAMILTON
F 23 39 8 14 22 +3 25
RYAN HAMILTON
F 29 30 14 11 25 +8 6
BRAD HUNT D 26 31 9 20 29 +5 6
CONNOR JONES*
F 24 17 2 2 4 -1 8
KELLEN JONES*
F 24 18 4 4 8 +1 2
KALE KESSY
F 21 17 3 3 6 -7 61
JUJHAR KHAIRA
F 20 40 2 6 8 -6 43
OSCAR KLEFBOM   d 21 9 1 7 8 +10 4
ANTON LANDER
F 23 29 9 22 31 +8 20
KELLAN LAIN F 25 2 0 0 0 0 4
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 19 1 9 10 -4 15
MARTIN MARINCIN
D 22 27 0 7 7 -4 20
ANDREW MILLER F 26 41 15 19 34 +9 8
MITCH MOROZ F 20 35 1 3 4 -4 66
DAVID MUSIL D 21 38 1 6 7 0 25
JORDAN OESTERLE  D 22 44 6 14 20 +2 6
IIRO PAKARINEN F 23 39 17 11 28 +17 20
STEVE PINIZZOTTO
F 30 14 1 9 10 +4 66
TYLER PITLICK
F 23 14 3 6 9 +2 8
DILLON SIMPSON
d 21 39 2 7 9 +6 6
JASON WILLIAMS*
F 34 42 15 20 35 +1 22
BOGDAN YAKIMOV
F 20 40 6 10 16 +7 12
JOSH WINQUIST*
F 21 16 4 4 8 +4 4
Bakersfield (ECHL)
Name POS age    GP G A P +/- PIM
GRAEME CRAIG* D 21 38 4 3 7 0 35
CONNOR JONES* F 24 27 10 16 26 +3 29
KELLEN JONES* F 24 27 7 18 25 +3 12
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 15 1 7 8 -4 11
JOSH WINQUIST* F 21 18 5 18 23 -6 11
Canadian Hockey League
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
BEN BETKER   d 20 45 4 20 24 +22 39 EVERETT (WHL)
GREG CHASE  C 20 15 2 13 15 +2 20 CALGARY (WHL)
26 13 16 29 +2 19 victoria (whl)
LEON DRAISAITL
f 19 11 7 10 17 +4 6 KELOWNA (WHL)
JACKSON HOUCK
f 19 45 15 23 38 -1 58 VANCOUVER (WHL)
DARNELL NURSE D 19 28 8 19 27 +9 48 SAULT STE. MARIE (OHL)
KYLE PLATZER F 19 46 22 37 59 +12 32 OWEN SOUND (OHL)
MARCO ROY
F 20 41 20 16 36 +6 31 QUEBEC (qmjHL)
NCAA, Junior A & USHL
Name POS age  GP G A P +/- PIM team
EVAN CAMPBELL   f 21 25 6 13 19 +6 23 UMASS-LOWELL (NCAA)
LIAM COUGHLIN
F 20 47 19 37 56 0 22 VERNON (BCHL)
WILLIAM LAGESSON
d 18 29 1 11 12 +12 69 DUBUQUE (USHL)
JOEY LALEGGIA  d 22 24 9 13 22 +7 35 DENVER (NCAA)
JOHN MCCARRON   f 22 21 1 6 7 -6 24 CORNELL (NCAA)
AIDAN MUIR   F 19 24 4 6 10 +6 4 WESTERN MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TYLER VESEL F 20 26 6 11 17 +10 0 NEBRASKA-OMAHA (NCAA)
Europe
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
ROMAN HORAK
f 23 46 18 13 31 -1 20 VITYAZ (KHL)
PHILIP LARSEN
f 25 48 3 17 20 -19 28 YUGRA (KHL)
ANTON SLEPYSHEV
f 20 52 13 9 22 +1 10 UFA (KHL)
ANTTI TYRVAINEN
F 25 39 5 6 11 -5 62 TAMPERE (FINLAND)
DANIIL ZHARKOV
F 20 8 0 0 0 +2 4 NIZHNY NOVGOROD (KHL)
30 2 3 5 -9 16 HK SAROV (VHL)
2015 World Junior Hockey Championships
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
DARNELL NURSE
D 19 7 0 1 1 +8 6 CANADA
WILLIAM LAGESSON
D 18 7 0 1 1 +1 8 SWEDEN
Goaltenders
Name age GP w l T SO GAA SV% team
RICHARD BACHMAN   27 21 14 3 3   3 2.16 .925 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
KEVEN BOUCHARD  18 28 8 12 5   0 4.33 .855 VAL D'OR (QMJHL)
LAURENT BROSSOIT 21 24 13 7 2   1 2.60 .916 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
TYLER BUNZ   22 17 6 10 1   2 2.97 .890 wichita (ECHL)
ZACHARY NAGELVOORT
20 18 9 7 0   1 2.52 .910 MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TY RIMMER*
22 25 8 11 3   1 3.20 .889 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
Frans Tuohimaa   23 24 9 9 3   0 2.85 .891 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
3 2 0 1   0 4.22 .904 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)

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