Brian Campbell and the Sharks: Soupy Making a Splash in San Jose

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Brian Campbell and the Sharks: Soupy Making a Splash in San Jose

San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson should be pleased as punch with his newest defenceman, Brian Campbell.

The Sharks GM acquired the coveted blueliner at the trade deadline for young forward Serge Bernier and a first-round selection in the 2008 entry draft.

Campbell, known to ex-Sabre teammates as Soupy, has been brilliant so far for the Sharks. The 28-year-old defenceman has registered five points (1G, 4A) in five games.

He has brought San Jose precisely what they were looking for—a highly-skilled point man blessed with tremendous puck speed and vision.

On Monday, Campbell scored a highlight-reel goal versus Montreal, when he made like Canadiens' great Serge Savard and spun past a Habs defenceman to beat goalie Carey Price.

The Savardian Spinorama was a phrase coined by the late Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster, Danny Gallivan, whose articulate hockey euphenisms are legendary.

Campbell told reporters after the Montreal game that he's been tinkering with that move every since he and teammate Joe Thornton were kids growing up on the frozen ponds of Ontario, Canada. 

While it's not shocking that the All-Star defenceman is flourishing with the Sharks, it is surprising how well Campbell has made the transition from Buffalo to San Jose. 

Campbell spent seven years in a Sabres uniform and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free-agent this summer. 

He had grown an affinity for the city, the team which drafted him back in the sixth round back in 1997, his coaches—and most of all, his teammates.

However, when Campbell and Darcy Regier could not agree on a lucrative long-term deal, the Sabres GM was reclutantly forced to trade the Strathroy native to the capital of Silicon Valley.  

Campbell and GM Wilson have yet to discuss any future contract with the Sharks, but I'm sure it'll be just a matter of time before the two sides get a deal in place.

Wilson has said that as far as he was concerned, Campbell was not brought in to be a rent-a-player.

This season, Campbell is amongst the top scoring blueliners in the NHL.  Currently, he's tied for fifth with Ed Jovanoski of the Phoenix Coyotes with 48 points.

Judging by his first five games as a Shark, Soupy has made a superb splash in San Jose.

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