Andrew Campbell has been waiting a very long time to step onto the ice of the NHL. He has been practicing and playing, learning and developing, and now he may finally be getting his chance to prove he has what it takes to make an impact for the Los Angeles Kings.
Campbell was drafted by the Kings in 2008, but has been honing his craft as a defenseman for AHL-Manchester ever since. He was called up for the playoffs last season, but he never got a chance to see the ice. He struggled when he first came in to Manchester, but over the last two seasons he has become one of their top prospects.
After an unimpressive 3-3-2 start to the season, the Kings may be looking to get a spark from the 6’4” Campbell, who says he has a good amount of familiarity with his teammates and expects his introduction to the lineup to go smoothly.
“They’ve done a lot of work on making sure that the system is the same system that’s being worked on up here. PK, five-on-five, they try to do everything the same so it’s a seamless transition when you bump up.”
The Kings play the Nashville Predators on Thursday night and it is already being rumored that Campbell will get his first bit of NHL action. It appears as though he would replace Jake Muzzin in the line-up, but that is pure speculation at this point.
One thing for certain is that the Kings did not call Campbell up for no reason. It looks like the organization is ready to find out what they have in the former third-round draft pick. As for Campbell, he is as ready as he will ever be and is excited about his opportunity. Do not be surprised if the 25 year old from Ontario impresses from the start and gets better as the season goes on.