On Day 13, we focus on a young Chicago Blackhawks’ center who is returning for the 2019-20 season, David Kampf.
The Chicago Blackhawks are just 13 days away from starting the regular season, and we have a lot of familiar faces coming back to the team this season. One such player returning to Chicago is center David Kampf.
While Kampf isn’t a star player, he does provide a great value to the team. He does things that don’t show up on the stat sheet very often. Any successful team has players who know their role and do their part. Kampf has been that guy for the Chicago Blackhawks over the past two seasons.
Player Spotlight: David Kampf
Chicago has had a very reliable center on their fourth line during the last two seasons. Kampf has played in 109 games during his two-year career. He registered 8 goals during that span, including the one below.
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Kampf has been a very reliable defensive forward for the Blackhawks the last two seasons, and at just 24 years old, he still has a lot of hockey in front of him. Kampf’s road to the NHL is very interesting, as he was originally thought to be just a depth player in Rockford.
Stan Bowman signed David Kampf to a two-year contract in the 2017 offseason. Kampf, who originally played for Piráti Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga, joined the Chicago Blackhawks ready to take on any role.
Center depth has been a problem for the Blackhawks for a while, and after a great debut training camp, he filled the hole on the fourth line and has not looked back since.
David Kampf struggled a bit at the faceoff dot last season. However, he is taking more faceoffs and playing a bigger role with the team. Last season, he registered 31 takeaways and played in all different types of defensive situations, from shorthanded situations to defensive zone draws.
I believe with players like Zack Smith and Ryan Carpenter joining the team, Kampf might find himself on the side facing in, meaning Kampf might play wing next season. His faceoff percentage was below 50% and Chicago has better centers above him on the depth charts. Jeremy Colliton will find a spot for Kampf, because his defensive abilities are valuable to a Blackhawks team with some major defensive deficiencies.
David Kampf will play a big role next year for the Chicago Blackhawks. The penalty kill will look to him next year. However, where he plays and who his linemates are is still to be determined.