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Red Wings add grit through free agency

Published Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:43 a.m. under 2013-14 RWC Reports
Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell (Credit: Mark Newman)

The Detroit Red Wings have loaded up on young skill in the NHL draft over the past half-decade. Now, they’re using free agency to add young grit.

After signing former University of Michigan captain Luke Glendening late last year and watching him crack their lineup in a shutdown role this season, the Red Wings inked Lake Superior State graduate Colin Campbell last week with similar things in mind.

Campbell, who signed a two-year pact starting in 2014-15, is a burly 6-foot-1, 203-pound right-winger who recorded 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points in 36 games as an NCAA senior. He will finish the season in the American Hockey League on an amateur tryout with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

“He’s kind of in the mould of a Kirk Maltby,” said Lake Superior State assistant coach Tim Christian, a Grand Rapids, Mich., native who just completed his 10th season behind the bench with the Lakers.

“He’s physical, he’s hard to play against, he’s a competitor and he’s a tough kid.”

Campbell was never drafted and initially caught the eye of scouts as a sophomore, when he recorded nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points in 37 games to finish third in team scoring. Christian said the Lakers expected to lose Campbell to the pros after his junior season, but he ended up missing most of that campaign after having surgery for an upper-body injury in the summer of 2012.

Campbell returned this season to play a key role for Lake Superior State as an assistant captain, finishing second in team scoring and tied for 17th in the WCHA.

When asked how Campbell compares to Glendening, Christian said they are similar but noted that Glendening is a better skater while Campbell has better stick skills.

His best asset, Christian said, is his strength.

“He’s really hockey strong,” Christian said. “Some players are strong in the weight room but not strong on the ice. He’s got both.”

And he knows how to use it, Christian said.

“He brings some force. He’s able to win puck battles. He’s just a strong, hard, competitive kid.”

Campbell’s biggest challenge as a pro will be learning to play at a faster pace while making a physical impact against bigger, stronger opponents. His skating will also need to continue to improve.

He’s stepped right into the Griffins’ lineup and has appeared in six AHL games. He recorded his first professional goal on March 29 and he has a plus-1 rating along with seven shots.

NOTES: Center Andrej Nestrasil (Grand Rapids, AHL) has really come alive. He has eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points in his past 18 games, with most of that production coming after the Calle Jarnkrok trade. He has 31 points in 63 games on the season … Jarnkrok, sent to Nashville to acquire David Legwand, is off to a good start in his NHL career. He has a goal and four assists along with a plus-5 rating while averaging 14:40 of ice time in six games … Defenseman James De Haas (Clarkson, NCAA) has been named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team. He had a good freshman year, recording six goals and seven assists along with a minus-12 in 38 games … Several Red Wings prospects received attention in the annual OHL coaches poll: Andreas Athansiou, Eastern Conference (most dangerous in the goal area, best skater); Jake Paterson, Western Conference (third best shootout goalie); and Zach Nastasiuk, Western Conference (second best shot blocker) … Right-winger Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or, QMJHL) has been nominated for league MVP as well as for the Paul Dumont Trophy as personality of the year … Left-winger Tyler Bertuzzi (Guelph, OHL) returned to the lineup for the first time since early December because of a neck/head injury and contributed three goals and an assist in three games, helping the Storm past Plymouth 4-1 in the OHL first round. “It felt great to be back and it felt great to be used in key situations,” Bertuzzi told ourwindsor.ca. “I guess the coaches felt like I could step up into that spot, and it’s good to be relied upon.” … Others to advance beyond the CHL first round: Mantha (Val-d’Or over Bathurst 4-0), Athanasiou (Barrie over Sudbury, and Mitchell Wheaton and Marek Tvrdon (Kelowna over Tri-City 4-1) … Eliminated in the CHL first round were: Zach Nastasiuk (Sault Ste. Marie over Owen Sound 4-1), Jake Paterson (Erie over Saginaw 4-1), and Philippe Hudon (Drummondville over Victoriaville 4-1) … Defenseman Marc McNulty signed an amateur tryout contract with to join AHL’s Grand Rapids for the rest of the season … Forwards Landon Ferraro and Mitchell Callahan made their NHL debuts recently. Neither recorded a point, but Ferraro averaged 8:58 of ice time in four games while Callahan saw 9:01 in his lone contest.

Sarah Lindenau contributed to this report.

SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE LEVEL GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Almquist, Adam Grand Rapids AHL PRO 66 4 46 50 54 +8 120
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids AHL PRO 69 26 18 44 51 +23 192
Jurco, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL PRO 32 13 19 32 14 +10 91
Marchenko, Alexey Grand Rapids AHL PRO 49 3 15 18 14 +11 34
Sheahan, Riley Grand Rapids AHL PRO 31 8 10 18 12 -2 51
Sproul, Ryan Grand Rapids AHL PRO 61 8 16 24 45 +3 124
Glendening, Luke Grand Rapids AHL PRO 18 5 7 12 18 +8 26
Jarnkrok, Calle Grand Rapids AHL PRO 57 13 23 36 14 +19 99
Pulkkinen, Teemu Grand Rapids AHL PRO 64 30 25 55 30 +20 187
Frk, Martin Grand Rapids AHL PRO 46 2 9 11 20 -11 41
Jensen, Nick Grand Rapids AHL PRO 39 0 8 8 6 +14 29
Tvrdon, Marek Grand Rapids AHL PRO 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids AHL PRO 63 15 15 30 46 -2 171
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids AHL PRO 34 1 1 2 14 -3 44
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids AHL PRO 22 0 2 2 2 +3 16
Parkes, Trevor Grand Rapids AHL PRO 29 3 3 6 19 +3 42
Nestrasil, Andrej Grand Rapids AHL PRO 63 13 18 31 24 0 100
Ouellet, Xavier Grand Rapids AHL PRO 64 4 12 16 22 +5 84
Nedomlel, Richard Grand Rapids AHL PRO 3 0 0 0 2 -2 1
Campbell, Colin Grand Rapids AHL PRO 6 1 0 1 5 +1 7
Parkes, Trevor Toledo ECHL PRO 27 17 17 34 20 0 106
Frk, Martin Toledo ECHL PRO 15 5 8 13 10 -11 27
Nicastro, Max Toledo ECHL PRO 58 0 16 16 28 -18 112
Nedomlel, Richard Toledo ECHL PRO 53 8 10 18 122 -10 95
Tvrdon, Marek Toledo ECHL PRO 22 9 4 13 6 -8 59
Aubry, Louis-Marc Toledo ECHL PRO 18 7 7 14 10 -4 62
Jensen, Nick Toledo ECHL PRO 3 0 0 0 0 -2 4
Mantha, Anthony Val-d’Or QMJHL CHL 57 57 63 120 75 +34 286
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville QMJHL CHL 57 19 12 31 75 -1 125
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie OHL CHL 66 49 46 95 52 +25
Nastasiuk, Zach Owen Sound OHL CHL 62 23 28 51 26 -14
Bertuzzi, Tyler Guelph OHL CHL 29 10 25 35 49 +9
McNulty, Marc Prince George WHL CHL 67 17 25 42 115 -10
Wheaton, Mitchell Kelowna WHL CHL 57 7 21 28 38 +31
Tvrdon, Marek Kelowna WHL CHL 29 11 16 27 24 +8
Janmark, Mattias AIK SEL EUR 45 18 12 30 56 -6 99
Backman, Mattias Linkoping SEL EUR 54 6 15 21 16 +25 68
Melen, Hampus Tingsryds SWE-J20 EUR-JR 11 0 5 5 14 -6 17
Bodin, Rasmus Linkoping SWE-J20 EUR-JR 14 0 2 2 2 -3 5
De Haas, James Clarkson ECAC NCAA 37 6 7 13 18 -12 49
Marshall, Ben Minnesota BIG-10 NCAA 37 3 15 18 56 +9 74
McKee, Mike W. Michigan BIG-10 NCAA 21 1 0 1 54 +1 11
Pope, David W. Kelowna BCHL USHL/JR-A 45 27 23 50 20

GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L O/S SO GAA SV%
Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 45 24 18 2 2 3.41 .906
Coreau, Jared Grand Rapids AHL 5 0 4 0 0 4.39 .873
Mrazek, Petr Grand Rapids AHL 28 21 6 1 3 2.04 .926
Coreau, Jared Toledo ECHL 18 1 11 5 0 4.17 .872
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 43 22 12 3 2 2.35 .920

SKATERS: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE LEVEL GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Pope, David W. Kelowna BCHL USHL/JR. A 6 2 4 6 2
Backman, Mattias Linkoping SEL EUR-PRO 7 0 3 3 4 +2 12
Janmark, Mattias AIK SEL EUR-PRO 7 1 2 3 20 +1 23
Mantha, Anthony Val-d’Or QMJHL CHL 4 3 4 7 6 +6 14
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville QMJHL CHL 5 3 1 4 6 -1 13
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie OHL CHL 5 2 5 7 0 +2
Nastasiuk, Zach Owen Sound OHL CHL 5 3 1 4 2 -4
Bertuzzi, Tyler Guelph OHL CHL 3 3 1 4 6 +2
Wheaton, Mitchell Kelowna WHL CHL 5 0 3 3 6 +4
Tvrdon, Marek Kelowna WHL CHL 5 4 2 6 4 +2

GOALIES: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L O/S SO GAA SV%
Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 5 1 4 0 0 4.67 .889
47 Comments
  1. teldar says:

    Romagoth
    Kinds is 27. He’s too old to continue to make the same mistakes he’s making. If he doesn’t do better next year, I hope that’s it for him. They should be able to replace him with just about any player they have and get as good (bad ) of play with as little point production.

  2. Patrick says:

    I wasn’t saying Smith and Dekeyser were bad at all… I like the both of them. I think both of them will be the top pair for years to come starting in about 2 more years. I think Kindl still needs a lot of time. Quincey is finally rounding out his game and he is 28 or 29 I think. Generally the UFA defenseman arent all that great anyway.

    I like to compare Glendening to a slower version of Draper to my buddies. I think that his lack of speed will be the only thing keeping him from as many points as he would get otherwise. Maltby isn’t a great comparison so far. Maltby was so good at drawing penalties without diving…

    Sheahan really impressed me with his speed. His understanding of the game has been so good over the course of his time in Detroit. I cannot wait for a deep cup run within the next few years due to the players we have coming in. I just get more hyped with every game I watch…



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