On Thursday afternoon the Kitchener Rangers pulled the trigger on a trade with the Owen Sound Attack that sees them acquire forward Chase Campbell in exchange for a conditional 10th round pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection.
Campbell lands with his fourth different OHL organization for his overage season after previously spending time with Sarnia, Ottawa, and Owen Sound. Before breaking into major junior, Campbell was a standout player for the Waterloo Wolves Minor Midget AAA program, serving as captain in 2013-14. Campbell was subsequently taken in the 3rd round, 55th overall by Sarnia in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. Campbell spent most of his 2014-15 campaign with his hometown Waterloo Siskins while being granted a 14 game sample with the Sting. After cracking the opening night roster in ’15-16, Campbell was sent from Sarnia to Ottawa after 16 games in a blockbuster deal which saw Travis Konecny and Sam Studnicka head the other way.
In Ottawa, Campbell didn’t see his big numbers from minor midget translate, but he became a regular in the lineup with an energy role, and made his defensive game his primary calling card. After a total of 56 games with the 67s, Campbell was again traded midway through the 2016-17 season. The 67’s acquired a 3rd round pick from Owen Sound where Campbell would round out his season, then spend in entire 2017-18 campaign with.
Much like his role in Ottawa, Campbell was seen as a bottom six energy player with the Owen Sound Attack. He dressed for 57 games in 2017-18, his first full year in the OHL without switching teams. Campbell now comes to Kitchener with 180 games of OHL experience, registering 20 goals, 34 assists, and 54 points.
On paper this looks like a really good deal for Kitchener. They get a hometown kid to fill out their final overage spot, and it’s hard not to see the community embracing Campbell right away. Finding ways to put up numbers consistently in the OHL has been a challenge for Campbell. But his defensive game and contagious energy on the ice has kept him around for a long time, and has made him a wanted commodity by four different teams.
Just over a year and a half removed from being traded for a 3rd round pick, only sacrificing a 10th round looks like great value for Kitchener. This can be a difficult time of year for teams to make trades, especially with overage players. With a slough of ’98s in the picture for Owen Sound, they had to find another home for Campbell. Knowing the Attack had limited options, his market value was consequently brought down.
Campbell doesn’t have to put up numbers for this trade to be a win for Kitchener. They get a community guy, and somebody who you can reliably plug into the mid-to-bottom part of the lineup on a nightly basis and have a good idea of what to expect. Playing close to home can’t hurt Campbell’s game either.