|Gregory Campbell newest addition
to Rangers team
On August 2nd GM Peter DeBoer finally made one of the blockbusters that many fans were waiting for. He traded highly popular center: Ryan Ramsay along with Gary Klapowski, and a 2nd rounder, to the Plymouth Whalers for Florida prospect: Gregory Campbell and a 3rd round draft pick. Campbell is entering his third OHL season after a breakout year in '01-'02, after participating in his first pro camp with former Plymouth teammate: Stephen Weiss and former Ranger: Serge Payer. Gregory Campbell is entering his third OHL season after a breakout season last year with Plymouth where the power winger scored 17 goals after only netting 2 in his first full season in the league. Campbell fills the Rangers need for a strong forward to park in the crease area to play alongside Derek Roy on the Rangers top unit and especially on the powerplay, filling a gap left by graduating power forwards: Jeff Szwez and John Osborne who combined for 42 goals for the Rangers last season.
Gregory Campbell was even a late invitee to the World Junior Championships camp joining current Rangers: Steve Eminger and Derek Roy at the camp. While he is not an enforcer Campbell provides the Rangers with another individual who given the situation will be willing to drop the gloves.
The price for Greg Campbell was not cheap however. The Rangers traded extremely gritty center: Ryan Ramsay (formerly a first round pick of the Peterborough Petes in 1999, along with the Rangers own 2nd rounder from 2001: Gary Klapowski (pictured on the lower right) as well as swapping a second rounder in the 2003 draft for Plymouth's 3rd rounder in the same draft. For the Rangers it will be a deal that will address several burning issues, and improve the team, surprisingly the Whalers also stand to gain acquiring an excellent center (although not much of a golf player) in Ryan Ramsay along with Gary Klapowski (who could make or break the deal) who didn't impress with the little ice time that he received last season, but also has a total of three seasons of OHL eligability remaining.