By The Numbers: Brian Campbell
1. - With a team to assemble for the upcoming season, Dale Tallon turned to Brian Campbell to kick off his transformation of a team that would go from last in the Eastern Conference to third and a division title in the 2011-12 season. The first big move of an exciting summer, Tallon started with Campbell, acquiring the player he once signed in Chicago to a free agent deal in the summer of 2008 in a draft day trade with the Blackhawks on June 24.
3. - Campbell capped off a great first season in South Florida (see below) as he was named as one of three finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, given "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." The Strathroy, ON native is just the third defenseman to be named a finalist for the award since the League started announcing finalists in the early 1980s (Niklas Lidstrom - five times, Brian Leetch, 1992). And if he were to win, Campbell would be only the third defenseman to win the award ever and the first since Red Kelly (1953-54 season).
|Brian Campbell played in his fourth All-Star Game of his career January 29th in Ottawa (Getty Images)
4. - It didn't take long for Campbell's offensive contributions to kick in. The defenseman recorded two assists in the season opener on Long Island and then one against Pittsburgh. He easily trumped those in posting a career-tying as well as franchise-tying (for defensemen) four in Tampa against the Lightning on October 17. The blueliner had five games of three assists or more during the season.
5. - The first-year Cat kept his point production up as the Cats returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2000 as he registered five points (1-4-5) in seven playoff games. That included the game-winning tally as Florida came from three-goals down to defeat the Devils 4-3 in Game 3 in New Jersey.
6. - One of the main reasons why Campbell was named as a Lady Byng finalist was the amount of penalty minutes finished with. He took just three minors during the season, tying a career low (for playing in more than half of the team's games). Campbell also finished with six penalty minutes during the 2010-11 season with Chicago, but accomplished that feat in 65 games. His last penalty came on February 17 against Washington (slashing call).
7. - Skating in the fourth All-Star game of his career, Campbell posted a mind-popping stat in a game that is know for his offense. The blueliner finished with a plus-7 as his team (Team Chara) won a 12-9 affair. "Soupy" also had an assist and finished with a team-high 21:40 of ice time.
9. - Campbell led the way for Panthers blueliners and finished fourth on the team in terms of multi-point games, registering nine during the season. Florida finished 7-0-2 when Campbell picked up two or more points.
30. - Where Campbell did most of his damage in the scoring department was on the power play as he set up 30 power play goals with his passing. That, a franchise most, was good enough for second in the NHL, finishing two behind Philadelphia Flyers winger Claude Giroux.
39:31. - Mr. Dependable, Campbell had a season-high 39:31 of ice time in the Panthers Game 7 double overtime defeat to New Jersey in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. During the regular season, he finished with a high of 32:51 which was accomplished on February 23 in Minnesota.
49. - Initially though to have broken a Panthers record for defensemen, Campbell would have to settle for tying the assist record for a defenseman set by Robert Svehla which was set during the 1995-96 season. The 49 helpers was also the second most in his career.
|Campbell registered 53 points (second most in career) in his first season in Florida (Getty Images)
53. - Campbell provided a consistent offense in his first year in Florida, picking up 53 points. Good enough for second most in his career, the total is nine points behind his career high of 62 which he set during the 2007-08 season when he split time between Buffalo and San Jose. The 53 points was tied for second in NHL defensemen in scoring (with Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien), 25 points behind league leader Erik Karlsson (Ottawa).
82. - Should definitely be known as Mr. Dependable as he was one of three Panthers to play in all 82 regular season games (Tomas Fleischmann, Mike Weaver). It's the fourth time in his career that he has played in 82 games (did play in 83 in 2007-08 split between Buffalo and San Jose).
2,205:31. - It's a wonder if Campbell got time and a half for the amount of time he put on the ice (lame joke inserted) as the Cats defenseman led all skaters in time on ice, skating in 2,205:31 during season. That's almost 37 hours (36.75) of time spent out there completing a hip check, doing one of his 360's or picking up an assist. His total time on the ice was 53 minutes more than the NY Rangers' Dan Girardi who was second in that category.