Connor McDavid: If Jack Campbell can start in Toronto, he can do it anywhere

Connor McDavid said Jack Campbell’s experience in the spotlight playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs will help the goalie handle lofty expectations with the Edmonton Oilers.

“For sure. I mean, if you can be the starting goalie for the Leafs you can be the starting goalie anywhere,” the Oilers captain said at the Zach Hyman Celebrity Classic at the Oakdale Golf & Country Club in Toronto on Monday. 

“Obviously, this is the hockey hotbed and there’s a tremendous amount of pressure on whoever fills that net. He’s occupied that job for the better part of two years and he’s done a great job of doing it, so I’m sure it’ll transition smoothly.”

Campbell signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Oilers on July 13 after going 51-14-9 with a 2.50 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and seven shutouts in 77 games (75 starts) for the Maple Leafs from 2019-22. With 40-year-old Mike Smith not expected back and Mikko Koskinen signing a two-year contract to play with HC Lugano of the Swiss Elite League, Campbell will be the Oilers starter backed up by 23-year-old Stuart Skinner.

“I don’t know him a ton personally, just had a couple of conversations with him since he signed,” McDavid said. “He just seems to be a real positive guy and brings a lot of good energy.

“Obviously, his game speaks for itself. It’s taken him a lot longer than some to get to this position, but there’s no one more deserving than him. He’s put a lot into it and I’m sure he’s going to be great for us.”

Author: Lucy Green