2006-07: For Steven Kampfer, his rookie season was certainly a lesson in perseverance. The Jackson, MI native he battled through two separate injuries this year. Despite his setbacks, Kampfer made steady progress, playing in 35 games and posting four points (one goal, three assists). His first and only collegiate goal came in Michigan's regular season opener versus non-conference foe Alabama-Huntsville back on Oct. 13. Kampfer was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Draft by the Anaheim Ducks.
2007-08: His second season with Michigan brought 17 points in 42 games.
2008-09: A 3rd season once more brought injuries, only suiting up for 25 games with Michigan. In his time he was able to ring the bell once and add 12 helpers.
2009-10: A final season with Michigan was able to bring some stability, suiting up for 45 games. It also brought new found offense with 3 goals, and 26 points, before he would get a 6 game stint with Providence of the AHL tallying another goal and two helpers.
2010-11: Kampfer made his NHL debut with the Bruins in early December after opening the season in the AHL with Providence. Kampfer saw significant ice-time for most of the next three months before suffering a concussion in March. He appeared in three games after that – also suffering a knee injury while playing for Providence in April. Kampfer practiced with Boston during the team's Stanley Cup run but did not appear in any games. In 38 games with Boston, he scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was +9 with 12 PMs. In 22 AHL games, he scored 3 goals with 13 assists and was +10 with 12 PMs.
2011-12: Obtained from the Boston organization by the Wild at the end of February, Kampfer skated in 13 games with Minnesota before suffering a knee injury that kept out of the Wild lineup for the rest of the season. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was minus-one, averaging just under 15 minutes per game, with the Wild. Kampfer opened the season with the Bruins, appearing in two games, before being demoted to AHL Providence. Shuffling between Boston and Providence prior to the trade, he appeared in ten games with Bruins and was plus-six with 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes. In 12 games with Providence he was minus-3 and had 1 goal with 3 assists and 8 penalty minutes. Kampfer joined Wild AHL affiliate Houston for their four-game playoff series with Oklahoma City and was minus-six with 2 penalty minutes.
Kampfer is a sturdy, mobile defenseman who can also play at the forward position. A standout quality about Kampfer is that his lack of size doesn't hinder his effectiveness to play his position. One reason is his skating ability. Kampfer has good speed, fluidness in his stride and can skate with many collegiate forwards. He also brings some intensity to his game and is not one to shy away from delivering hard checks. He possesses great poise with the puck and has a strong shot with a quick release. As Kampfer and his game continue to grow and mature, he has the potential to blossom into a rock-solid two-way player.
Michigan head coach Red Berenson's comments on Kampfer: "We were happy with Steven's progress because I see him as a player that will continue to improve each year. I think he has a lot of the intangibles that make a hockey player a lot more than what you see. Steven's determination, grit and his overall attitude are terrific and I think those are things that you don't always see on the ice. I can guarantee that Steven will just continue to get better."