Undrafted rookie defenseman Matt Campanale(20) played his first NHL almost immediately after finishing his college career at UNH. He was signed and called up by New York Islanders on an emergency basis after only a couple of games with their AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers and then sent back for the weekend to finish up the season in Connecticut.
Odd that he wasn’t signed by anyone for the 2011/2012 season and ended up inking a deal with the ECHL Bakersfield Condors. Ever more odd, is that he was originally signed by Chicago Express but traded before the season even started. As if it could get stranger, the Express were touting him to “bolster” the team’s blue line in their press release when they signed him. More twists, his NHL player page is a bit cryptic with no picture but he has stats. He was assessed a 2 minute penalty.
In two games this season, he posted his first professional hockey goal. So now he has one point.
He’ll get called up to the AHL before too long.
11/25: He signs a pto with Binghamton Senators.