Offensive Dman and Otters Captain Gets 2-Year Deal
(September 2) Adding to their ever-growing base of strong prospects,
the Islanders have signed 20-year old defenseman Chris Campoli, who
last season was the captain and second-leading scorer with the Erie
Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. The Islanders selected Campoli
in the seventh round of this year's draft.
The Islanders like a lot about Campoli, who received a two-year deal.
Besides scoring 20 goals and 46 assists for 66 points in 67 games as
a blueliner, the OHL All-Star also impressed Islanders scouts with
his leadership and commitment. Last season he was named the Canadian
Hockey League's Humanitarian of the Year, given to one player among
the OHL, Western and Quebec Leagues with the greatest dedication to
"He's a leader and he has outstanding intangibles," said Islanders
OHL scout Doug Gibson on the day Campoli was drafted. "The knock is
his size, but he has filled out. He quarterbacks the power play, has
great hockey sense and doesn't panic with the puck."
Campoli will attend his first Islanders training camp later this