The Clarkson University Golden Knights received a major boost to their program today in the form of a commitment from Nashville Predators prospect Alexander Campbell. Clarkson announced that Campbell, as well as older brother Charlie Campbell, will join the team next season. The younger Campbell was selected at No. 65 overall at the top of the third round in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Campbell, 19, immediately becomes Clarkson’s top prospect and could be the best player to come out of the program in some time. While the team has produced fringe NHLers like L.A.’s Sheldon Rempal and Minnesota’s Nico Sturm in recent years, they have not had a young player of Campbell’s caliber in some time, including the five other NHL prospects currently on the team. The Quebec native has been better than a point-per-game player in the BCHL and the USHL in back-to-back seasons and his combination of skill and hard work creates easy offense on a regular basis.
For a Clarkson team that was No. 7 in the country and on their way to a spot in the NCAA Tournament this year before the season was canceled due to COVID-19, adding Campbell, as well as the instant chemistry that comes with bringing his brother along, could be a difference-maker. The team will have to make up for the loss of leading scorers Haralds Egle and Devin Brosseau, but Campbell should help to keep the team competitive in the ECAC and on the national stage over the next few years.