Edmonton Oilers capable of ‘something special,’ says Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell said he was ‘fired up to do something special’ after he was tasked with solving the Edmonton Oilers’ goaltending woes.

The Edmonton Oilers have two of the finest attacking talents in the world in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. They went all the way to the Western Conference final last season, but were often held back by struggling goaltending.

Mike Smith was occasionally brilliant but also brilliantly occasional between the pipes for the Oilers, and he is expected to sit out the last year of his deal on the long-term injury reserve list.

That has opened up a spot to make major gains in that position, and Campbell is the man they have turned to after agreeing a five-year-deal with worth $5million per season following his departure from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I’m just fired up,” Campbell said after joining the Oilers. “Watching the team in the playoffs and the group they have, and seeing Evander [Kane] sign today and Brett [Kulak] signing today; it’s an exciting day and I just can’t wait to be a part of this group and work hard for the goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”

Campbell will join former Maple Leaf Zach Hyman in Edmonton, but he says he is familiar with plenty of the players already in Oil Country.

“I’m so excited to be here; Zach and I were super tight in Toronto and Darnell [Nurse] and I played together in Sault Ste. Marie, and Shoresy [Devin Shore] and I played together in Texas in the AHL.

“I can’t wait to get to Edmonton and start working together. I hear it’s a special group and the chemistry they had on the ice and ice and off the ice, and I can’t wait to be a part of it and work towards something special.”

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