Blackhawks Top 100- #78 Brian Campbell

Oct 22, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell (51) in the first period of a game against the Chicago Blackhawks at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re going to do a Top 100 list of all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane.

Brian Campbell Blackhawks Career Stats

Games-215

Goals-19

Assists-98

Points-117

+51

Penalty Minutes-46

Game Winning Goals-4

Playoffs

Games-43

Goals-4

Assists-14

+13

Penalty Minutes-8

Brian Campbell was the major free agent defenseman piece that Dale Tallon added to get the Chicago Blackhawks back into the playoffs after a long dry spell in 2008.  His cap hit was way too big but of course that’s how Tallon rolls and one of the reasons Stan Bowman runs the ship now.

Campbell was probably the best Blackhawks defenseman during his stay with the Hawks with apologies to the 2010 Norris year of Duncan Keith.  In the 2010 playoffs nobody seemed to score a goal with Campbell on the ice for the Blackhawks.  I know in this day and age that +/- is taboo but if you look at Campbell’s career numbers the only time he’s been a + was with the Hawks.  He is a +16 for his career but was a +51 in Chicago.

Campbell was part of the Renaissance that ended with Patrick Kane‘s goal that nobody saw go in but was so beautiful to see time after time on replay, it also included Campbell getting the primary assist on the Stanley Cup clinching goal

Dale Tallon traded again for Campbell when he left for the Florida Panthers and the Blackhawks had some salary cap relief.  The one thing most fans do forget about Campbell was how good he was on the powerplay and that it took the Hawks nearly 3 years to get back into the top 15 in powerplay percent after Campbell’s departure.  Either way it’s not impossible that the Hawks could have won in 2010 without Campbell, but it would have been a whole lot harder.

What do you think of Campbell on the all-time list? Too High, Too Low or shouldn’t have made the top 100?

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