When the Chicago Blackhawks acquired defenseman Chris Campoli at the NHL trade deadline many Blackhawks fans were left scratching their heads and wondering where their penalty killing defenseman is? Well in the seven games the Campoli has played with the Blackhawks he has won over many of the Blackhawks faithful.
Campoli seems to fit the mould of what the Blackhawks like to do on defense, he has moved the puck well, used his speed to lead rushes into the offensive zone and been solid in his own zone. In the seven games that Campoli has suited up for the Blackhawks he has collected three assists, and is a plus four.
With the ‘Hawks suffering some injuries on the blueline Campoli has been asked to play in multiple situations and has not looked out of place or overwhelmed.
This proved to many that although he is not a physical defenseman or one who is known to block shots he is willing to do whatever his asked of him.
Yes Campoli has not helped the ‘Hawks on the penalty kill as the look as bad as ever in that regard and has not provided extra physicality to the blue line but he has held down the blue line with the absence of Brian Campbell. With Campbell out Campoli has not looked out of place skating 20 plus minutes with the likes of Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson.
From what we have seen from Campoli it looks as though he will be a good fit on the Blackhawks blueline beyond this season as he is a restricted free agent at seasons end and would likely fit into the ‘Hawks budget on the back end.
For now we will just have to see how Campoli finishes out the regular season and if he can also be a contributor because if he can he might find himself becoming a mainstay for this Blackhawks blueline for years to come.