Saturday, October 22, 2011

Matthew Campagna

Matthew Campagna - Sudbury Wolves

5' 11" 175 LBS
D.O.B. March 9, 1994

Campagna was the fifth overall pick of the Wolves in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft after competing for the Toronto Nationals Midget AAA of the GTHL.

The offensively gifted forward played in 70 games for the Nationals scoring 48 times and adding 72 assists for 120 points in 70 games. He played in 5 games for Team Ontario at the World Hockey Challenge where he scored twice and added 3 assists, with one of his goals coming on a penalty shot. Team Ontario captured gold with thanks to the Campagna penalty shot goal.

Campagna enters this, his second season with the Wolves, having played in 58 OHL games and has 7 goals and 17 assists to his credit. The Wolves were a pleasant surprise in the 2011 playoffs and Campagna had 5 assists in 8 games, as he and the Wolves went further than most expected.

Campagna captured a Gold Medal playing for Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August of 2011 where he notched one assist in 5 games. He took part in the NHL research and Development Camp this summer where he wowed everyone with his shootout move.

Campagna is on the NHL Central Scouting B list of players to watch from the OHL. Although he's small by today's standards Campagna has high end offensive abilities. He is an extremely good skater with high end speed. He has good vision and hockey sense and uses his team mates consistently. he's known more as a playmaker but he's capable of scoring as well. He possesses a good shot which is sometimes deceptive.

The knock on Campagna has been his defensive side of the game. However, early on this season he seems to be putting a conscious effort into being more responsible on the defensive side of the puck.

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