Gotkeeper Jack Campbell is blessed to say the least, because after being able to play on the same team as Auston Matthews with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he will now have the opportunity to play alongside Connor McDavid, captain of the Edmonton Oilers.
The sign of a five-year contract and $ 25 million did not hide his joy to join a team with a logical chance of obtaining next season as much success as during the previous one. General manager Ken Holland has retained the services of a few key players, which is good news for anyone who will be tasked with bringing some stability in front of the net.
“I'm all fired up,” said mentioned Campbell during his press briefing held this week, as reported by the official Oilers website. I saw this team play in the playoffs and the group in place. Evander [Kane] and Brett [Kulak] have signed so it's great and I can't wait to get back here and work hard towards the goal of winning a Stanley Cup.”
“I have always been a hard worker and I will prove it daily to my teammates, to the city and to the organization, he added. Just thinking about being in this lineup with these guys, how hard and united they work, it gives me chills.”
Ups and downs
In Toronto, Campbell admits to having had his ups and downs, and would have liked to lead the Leafs further than the first round of the playoffs, the successes of the regular season having not necessarily transposed into the playoffs. The order will be much the same in Alberta, but the American says he's up for the challenge, even with the pressure on his shoulders.
“Love it, you're under constant scrutiny and I think it brings out the best in everyone, he said. This is a wonderful opportunity and I am grateful to be here. […] Our fan base is superb and I can't wait to play here. Everyone wants to win.”
And, other good news, is that he will see familiar faces in the locker room, starting with that of striker Zach Hyman, his friend whom he rubbed shoulders with Toronto.
“Zach has such integrity, he is a good person and a great human being, he complimented. Certainly, what he performs on the ice is also special. Seeing him in action and talking to him with the enthusiasm in his voice shows that he is someone you can count on every day.”