David Kampf is an interesting player. He thrived in a role that was supposed to be filled by Marcus Kruger. Our own, Stephen Yatsushiro, wrote a piece where he analyzed David Kampf. In the article, he explained that Kampf’s defensive prowess allowed Jonathan Toews to have a great season in 2018-19. himself going up against the opponents’ best centers on the faceoff dot every night.
While he didn’t exactly fill the stat sheet, David Kampf’s presence was felt in a big way. When Kampf was injured, the Blackhawks struggled and had a 7-6 record during that time. After he returned, the Blackhawks finished the season strong with a 9-4-2 record.
Next season, it will be important for Kampf to increase his scoring a bit. He only tallied 19 points (4G, 15A) in 63 games with a -6 ± rating. It’s time to pump those numbers up a bit. Another thing that could use some improvement is his FOW%, as he dropped down from 53% to 45.3%.
The recurring theme with these 5 players is that they have potential, but they need to tap into it. The Blackhawks are counting on these players to really help them get over the hump and become a playoff team again.
Smart spending during free agency, drafting the right players in the NHL Draft, and promoting from within the system will be a recipe for success. The Blackhawks have all of the ingredients in the recipe. Now, let’s see if they can execute that plan to perfection this offseason.