2009-10: Evan Campbell played for the Vancouver NE Chiefs midget major team in British Columbia. He scored 14 goals with 14 assists and had 64 penalty minutes in 39 regular season games. In four playoff games he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes.
2010-11: Campbell appeared in one game with the BCHL’s Cowichan Valley Capitals, spending most of the season with the junior B Kerry Park Islanders in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. He had no points nor penalty minutes in his only game with the Capitals. Campbell scored 14 goals with 22 assists and 28 penalty minutes in 41 games for Kerry Park. The Islanders finished second in the North Division and Campbell scored 2 goals with 1 assist in five playoff games.
2011-12: Campbell saw limited ice time with Cowichan Valley, which had the BCHL’s fourth-best record, but after a mid-season trade to Langley saw an increased role with the Rivermen, who failed to make the playoffs,. The 18-year-old scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 17 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Express before the trade. He played in 31 games for Langley and scored 11 goals with 8 assists and 18 penalty minutes. Langley finished seventh in the eight-team Coastal Division.
2012-13:Campbell returned to Langley for his second BCHL season and in October 2012 committed to playing college hockey at Massachusetts-Lowell in 2013-14. He was named the Rivermen’s top forward, scoring 20 goals with 46 assists and 46 penalty minutes in 51 games. Langley finished fourth in the Mainland Division in the re-aligned BCHL. Campbell scored 2 goals with 6 penalty minutes in four playoff games. Not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, he was selected by Edmonton in the fifth round (128th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Campbell skated in 33 of 41 games for Massachusetts-Lowell in his freshman season. Playing both wing and center for the Riverhawks, he scored 9 goals with 2 assists and was +5 with 18 penalty minutes. Massachusetts-Lowell captured the Hockey East playoff championship after finishing second to Boston College in the regular season. In the NCAA Northeast Regional they defeated Minnesota State, 2-1, before falling to Boston College, 4-3, in the championship game.
Campbell is a bit of a wildcard, drafted as an overager playing Junior A hockey in his third year of eligibility. He is a big powerhouse center with a gritty playing style. Campbell is the first player drafted directly from the BCHL’s Langley Rivermen. His technical skills and skating ability are considered average but his package of size, determination and work ethic attracted the attention of Edmonton scouts.
Campbell is in his sophomore season at Massachusetts-Lowell in 2014-15 . He is one of the leading scorers for the River Hawks, again one of the top teams in Hockey East. Long-term, he will likely spend four years in the NCAA to continue his development. At this point, it is unclear whether he has the top level skill needed to carve out a career at the NHL level but at the minimum his hardworking attitude and size should lead to success at the minor league level or in Europe.