Dallas Stars: Jack Campbell

Prospect update: Jack Campbell

May, 28, 2012
The latest in a series on top prospects of the Dallas Stars looks at goaltender Jack Campbell, who wrapped up his junior career this past season and also got a jump start on his pro career when he finished the season with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

Campbell played for both Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League in 2011-12. He started with Windsor, where he posted a 6-3-2 record, 3.13 goals against average and .906 save percentage before being traded to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in early November in exchange for two players and six draft picks. With Sault Ste. Marie he was 15-12-5 with a 3.58 goals against average and .892 save percentage.

Sault Ste. Marie missed the playoffs, ending Campbell’s up and down two-year career in the OHL. It didn’t take a lot of words for Campbell to sum up his junior career.

“I’ll leave it at this: I learned a lot and I’ve taken a lot from it, more from the mental side of it. I am ready to move on,” Campbell said.

Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Player Personnel, said he believes that Campbell’s time in the OHL, although tough at times, will pay dividends down the road.

“He had two real good seasons of learning lessons in the Ontario League. He had some hardships and some challenges, and for him I think those are the best things that can happen,” Jackson said. “He got a chance to play in an environment that is close to the American League and the NHL in terms of the schedule and the daily routine, and learning to be a pro.

“My experience with goalies that have gone on to have success is that a lot of them have gone through some of those hardships and they’ve used them to become better players and better pros.”

Campbell, Dallas’ first round pick (11th overall) in 2010, joined the Texas Stars after his junior season ended. He started Texas’ final 12 games, posting a 4-7-0 record, 3.02 goals against average, .912 save percentage and one shutout.

The numbers don’t look that impressive, but Campbell drew high praise for his play as he gave the AHL’s Stars a chance to win in just about every game he appeared.

“I wish we had had Jack in January. The youthful energy and the passion he has for the game, we’ve always known it,” said Scott White, Texas Stars GM and Dallas Stars Director of Minor League Operations. “He works harder than anyone in practice. I think that work ethic holds your teammates accountable. … He doesn’t quit on any puck. These games are invaluable to him for his progression.”

Said Campbell: “It’s huge for my development, the experience for next season, to get me down here early and play some games. I’m learning what it takes to have success at this level. I feel like I am learning a lot and trying to do that every single day.”

The 20-year-old Campbell, a Michigan native, is expected to play in the AHL next season, his first full one as a professional.

“When Jack went into Texas at the end of the season he really embraced the opportunity. In 90 percent of the games he played he was outstanding,” Jackson said. “I think Jack is in a good place. He’s ready to be a good pro and he’s ready to take the challenge of playing every night in the American League and looking forward to taking the next step from there.”

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- Dallas Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell played his final game of the season with the Texas Stars of the AHL on Sunday, and turned in another solid performance. He stopped 31 shots in a 2-1 loss at Houston.

Campbell ended his first foray into the pro ranks with a 4-7-0 record, 3.02 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. The numbers don’t jump out at you, but sometimes the numbers don’t tell the whole story. Those who have been around Campbell in the AHL are impressed.

“He’s phenomenal,” said Texas coach Jeff Pyle. “The kid has a work ethic second to none. He’s a professional, great kid, character guy. All he cares about is the game, which is refreshing.”

“I wish we had had Jack in January,” said Texas GM Scott White. “The youthful energy and the passion he has for the game, we’ve always known it. Living it now for a good three weeks, it’s been fun. He works harder than anyone in practice. I think that work ethic holds your teammates accountable.”

His play has been solid as well. He’s given his team a chance to win on most nights. And, at times, he’s been spectacular.

“He doesn’t quit on any puck,” said White. “(Friday) night in San Antonio he made just a couple of ridiculous saves that a lot of guys wouldn’t have tried. He doesn’t quit. These games are invaluable to him for his progression.”

The 20-year-old Michigan native didn’t wade into his AHL career. Once he got to Cedar Park he started every game, the final 12 of the season for the Texas Stars. His first two starts came on the road against two of the top teams in the Western Conference. He had a solid 32-save effort in a 3-1 loss to Oklahoma City in his pro debut. Two nights later he got his first pro win, stopping 32 shots in a 4-2 victory at Toronto. In his fifth start, he posted a 30-save shutout win over Lake Erie at Cedar Park Center.

“It was awesome and to do it in front of the fans, who are unbelievable, was pretty cool,” Campbell said of the shutout. “It was one of the most memorable games of my career. Hopefully there are a lot more of those to come.”

There have been some ups and downs since joining Texas. He won three of his first five decisions, but lost five of his last six. He’s played well, backstopping a team that has been plagued by turnovers and defensive lapses all season. It’s a reason Texas ended up last in the Western Conference this season.

But this was about Campbell getting experience at the pro level and helping set him up for next season, which will be his first full year of professional hockey.

“It’s huge for my development, the experience for next season, to get me down here early and play some games,” Campbell said. “I’m learning what it takes to have success at this level. I feel like I am learning a lot and trying to do that every single day.”

As is the case with any young player, it’s been an adjustment. The players are better, plays happen faster and shots get to the net quicker. But the game is also more structured than in junior hockey, and Campbell sees that as a plus.

“That’s why I think I struggled in juniors. I tend to play pretty quick in the crease and I got beat too much because I was ahead of the play,” Campbell said. “Here it is so fast and structured and in control. It’s more structured and the guys know what they have to do. Everybody is so good that you just have to take care of your job.”

Campbell joined Texas last month after two seasons of junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League. Campbell played for both Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie, posting a 45-29-11 record, 3.62 goals against average and .890 save percentage. He helped Windsor to get into the playoffs last year, but Sault Ste. Marie missed the postseason this year.

Overall, the junior years didn’t go the way Campbell had hoped and he kept his assessment of his OHL career short and to the point.

“I’ll leave it at this: I learned a lot and I’ve taken a lot from it, more from the mental side of it. I am ready to move on,” he said. “I am feeling great out here and feeling great for next season.”

Next season will be Campbell’s first full season as a pro and he’s expected to spend it with the Texas Stars, developing and getting better. He realizes Dallas is solid in goaltending at the NHL level and he’ll have to be patient waiting for his shot at the NHL to come. But he wants to make the most of that time, working to improve his game so that when his time does come he’ll be ready.

“My goal since I have been drafted is to make the Dallas Stars and I am going to work as hard as I can to show them that I am ready whenever they want me,” said Campbell. “They have two great goalies up there. Kari Lehtonen is one of the best in the NHL and Bachs (Richard Bachman) is playing great up there as well, and took that job up there. They have two great goalies, but if I am needed I want to show them that I am ready to go.”
CEDAR PARK, Texas -- Texas Stars goaltender Jack Campbell said he has decided to pass on invitation to represent the USA at the World Championship.

The 20-year-old netminder said he'd like to take a break after his season ends this weekend.

"I want to get some rest," Campbell said this morning after Texas' optional skate at the Cedar Park Center.

Campbell, Dallas' first round pick (11th overall) in 2010, has had a long season. It began with a couple games at the NHL Prospect Tournament in September and has gone on to include 46 games in juniors, five games at the World Junior championship and ten games so far with the Texas Stars, who play their final two games this weekend.

Campbell went to the World Championship last year, serving as the No. 3 goaltender for the Americans.

Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski and Stars goaltender Richard Bachman both are on the Team USA roster for the World Championship, which gets underway May 4 in Sweden and Finland.

Scott Glennie to miss final two games of season

The Texas Stars will be without forward Scott Glennie for the final two games of the season. Texas GM Scott White said Glennie injured his wrist in Friday night's game at San Antonio and will miss tonight's home game against Oklahoma City and Sunday's season finale at at Houston.

Glennie, Dallas' first round pick (8th overall) in 2009, has 37 points (12 goals, 25) in 70 games for Texas this season.
Dallas Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell stopped 32 of 35 shots in professional debut Friday night, but the Texas Stars lost 3-1 at Oklahoma City.

Campbell, Dallas' first round pick (11th overall) in 2010, was particularly sharp in the first period when Oklahoma City, the top team in the AHL's Western Conference, outshot Texas 15-5. Campbell stopped 14 of 15 shots in the period, only getting beat by a point shot through traffic.

Campbell had several nice saves in the game, including a slick kick save in the first period and another in the third where he moved post-to-post to deny a chance from the left circle with Oklahoma City on the power play.

Dallas prospect Austin Smith, a fifth round pick (128th overall) in 2007, also made his pro debut for Texas Friday night. The Dallas native had no points, three shots on goal and minus-two rating. Smith played most of the time on a line with Francis Wathier and Colton Sceviour. He also saw time on the power play. Smith had a couple of good chances in the game, including a close range backhand shot in the final minute.
The Dallas Stars have assigned goaltender Jack Campbell, the team’s first round pick in 2010, to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

Campbell, the 11th overall pick in 2010, wrapped up his junior career in the Ontario Hockey League this past weekend. Campbell, sho signed a three-year entry-level deal with Dallas in November 2010, was 45-29-11 in two OHL seasons, playing for both Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie. The 20-year-old Michigan native posted a 3.62 goals against average and .890 save percentage.

Campbell’s amateur career also included international play for Team USA. He helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship and was named the Best Goalkeeper at the 2011 tournament in helping the U.S. win the bronze medal.
USA Hockey set its final roster for the 2012 World Junior Championship, which begins next week in Calgary and Edmonton.

As expected, Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell is one of two goaltenders on the roster. This will be Campbell's third appearance at the World Juniors. John Gibson, a second round pick of Anaheim in 2011, is the other goaltender and should push Campbell for playing time in the tournament.

Plano's Seth Jones, who was expected to be on the roster, will not play due to an injury suffered in an exhibition game against the Russians earlier this week.

Hockey USA's release on the roster and a link to the complete roster is here.

Stars defense prospects Jamie Oleksiak (Canada), Patrik Nemeth (Sweden) and John Klingberg (Sweden) will also play in the tournament, which runs December 26 through January 5.
Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell and Plano's Seth Jones are on the USA's preliminary roster for the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Campbell is expected to be the team's No.1 goaltender. He was the No.1 goaltender for last season's team, which won the bronze medal in Buffalo. Campbell is 10-6-5 with a 3.10 goals against average and .905 save percentage in the Ontario Hockey League this season.

Jones, a defenseman, is the youngest player on the roster at 17-years-old. He is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2013 NHL Draft. Jones is currently playing for the U.S. National Team Development Program.

The USA's preliminary roster is here.
Here are some notes and a statistical update on Dallas Stars prospects playing junior hockey, in Europe and in college.

*G Jack Campbell (1st round/2010) got off to a good start with his new team in the OHL, stopping 54 of 57 shots in winning his first two starts with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Campbell stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 3-1 victory over Kingston on Friday and then 27 of 29 in a 3-2 win over Ottawa on Sunday.

Campbell was traded to Sault St. Marie from Windsor last week in a blockbuster deal within the Ontario Hockey League.

“Very excited to be a part of this organization and help this team try and win a championship,” Campbell said about the trade in a text message. “It’s sad to leave such an amazing city in Windsor. I've had an awesome time with my teammates there, my coaches were so good to me, and the fans were great.”

Campbell, who remains property of the Stars, is 8-3-2 on the season in the OHL, with a 2.90 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.

*F Austin Smith (5th round/2007) had two goals, both of them shorthanded and the second one was the game-winner, in Colgate’s 5-3 win over Brown on Saturday. Smith, a senior at Colgate, now has nine goals in nine games and ranks third in the nation in goal scoring at 1.00 per game.

*F Alex Guptill (3rd round/2010) had one goal and one assist as third-ranked Michigan beat sixth-ranked Western Michigan over the weekend. Guptill, a freshman at Michigan, has seven points (four goals, three assists) and a plus-seven rating in ten games this season.

*F Emil Molin (4th round/2011) had one goal and two assists in his most recent game in Swedish junior hockey. Molin now has 23 points (9 goals, 14 assists) in 13 games for Brynas IF and ranks second in the league in scoring.

Dallas Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell has been traded from the Windsor Spitfires to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds within the Ontario Hockey League. He is still in the Dallas Stars system, just with a different OHL team now. Here is the release from the Spitfires:
Windsor Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel announced this afternoon that the Spitfires have traded goaltender Jack Campbell to the Soo Greyhounds in exchange for defenseman Mackenzie Braid, defenseman Patrick Sieloff (currently playing with US Development in Ann Arbor, MI), Kingston’s 3rd pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft, Windsor’s 2nd pick in 2013, Windsor’s 3rd pick in 2013, Owen Sound’s 2nd pick in 2014, Saginaw’s 2nd pick in 2014 and the Soo’s 2nd pick in 2015.

“Jack was the ultimate professional with the Spitfires,” said Rychel. “His dedication and commitment to the team was amazing. It will make him an excellent pro with the Dallas Stars. This is another step in our rebuild and an opportunity for him to win a championship in the OHL. All the best to Jack with the Soo, Team USA and his future career!”

Campbell was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 1st round of the 2010 NHL draft (11th overall) and currently has 6-3 record including a shutout against the Sarnia Sting. Jack maintains a 3.13GAA and a .0906 SAV% in twelve games between the pipes for Windsor this year.

Braid is currently scoreless in 4 games with the Soo this season andplayed 59 games with the Barrie Colts in 2010-11 scoring 5 goals for 12 points.
It will be a special night for two of the Dallas Stars’ top prospects Thursday night. Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and goaltender Jack Campbell, both first round picks, will be in the lineup as the Stars take on the Colorado Avalanche at American Airlines Center.

Campbell, a first round pick (11th overall) in 2010, is expected to play the second half of tonight’s game, splitting time with starter Kari Lehtonen.

“I’m pretty excited,” Campbell said after this morning’s skate at the AAC. “I put a lot of hard work in this summer and this is a great opportunity. I couldn’t be more honored that they want me to play for them tonight. It’s really special.”

This is Campbell’s second NHL training camp. Last year was more a watch and learn experience.

“This year with one year of junior I am trying to show them what I can do this year, as opposed to last year when I was just around the guys,” said Campbell. “This year I have more of a purpose here and I am trying to show what I have every single day.”

Campbell, 19, had a strong showing in the team’s first camp scrimmage at the Charlottetown Civic Centre. He stopped six of seven shots in regulation and then four of five in the shootout.

“The team played well, the defense was good in front of me and I felt comfortable out there, confident and composed,” Campbell said. “I learned that from being out there with Kari and Andrew (Raycroft) every day. They just taught me to relax and things like that. I went out in the scrimmage and thought I did that, and tonight I am going to try to do the same.”

Oleksiak, the Stars’ first round pick (14th overall) in 2011, is expected to play Thursday night as well. This is Oleksiak’s first taste of an NHL training camp.

“It’s been phenomenal. I didn’t know what to expect coming in, but it’s been a great experience,” said Oleksiak. “I was kind of nervous coming in, being a younger guy, but the older guys have done a great job making me feel welcomed. It’s been a great time.”

One of those older guys helping show Oleksiak the way has been veteran defenseman Brad Lukowich. The two-time Stanley Cup winner helped guide Dallas defense prospect Philip Larsen through his first season with the Texas Stars in 2010-11 and he was Oleksiak’s partner during the first part of Dallas’ training camp in Prince Edward Island.

“He’s been phenomenal. He’s accomplished so much and hopefully someday I’ll accomplish close to as much as him. He’s like another coach out there,” said Oleksiak. “As a D partner, he sees all your moves. Coaches can’t always focus on one guy all the time, but your D partner sees you every shift. He’s been another coach to me and given me a lot of great insight and advice. I am trying to take it all in as much as possible. I just want to be a sponge out here during camp.”

Lukowich said he’s been impressed with the 18-year-old Oleksiak, who is listed at 6-7, 240 pounds.

“He’s a good skater, he’s got a good shot, he’s big and strong and the big thing I’ve noticed about him is how willing and eager he is to take criticism and learn the game at this level,” said Lukowich. “It’s a different game at junior, you can hold onto the puck a lot longer. You say something to this guy and he doesn’t make the same mistake twice. “

Oleksiak had a nice showing in the Stars’ scrimmage at the Charlottetown Civic Centre on Sunday. He shook off some early nerves and had one of the better defensive rushes of the game, slipping by defenseman Brenden Dillon and getting off a quality scoring chance.

“There were some nerves, but once you get the pace and a feel for the game you kind of get used to it,” Oleksiak said. “It’s just a matter of sticking to your game and not getting overwhelmed. You just have to be ready for what you have to do and how you have to play.”

Lukowich could see the progress in the big guy’s play over the course of the scrimmage.

“I looked at the scrimmage and thought how much he had improved himself, listening to the coaches and his partner. I thought he had a great game,” said Lukowich. “It was a little sloppy early but, between the two of us as partners, we got on the same page and he played really well. “

With Oleksiak’s size the comparisons to Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara are inevitable. Oleksiak said he tries to model his game after the big Bruins defenseman. What impresses Lukowich, who saw Chara in his early playing days, is how far along Oleksiak is at such a young age.

“I played against Chara in junior and he was kind of like a giraffe. He was just this big lumbering guy,” said Lukowich. “You look at him now and he’s got this nice stride, he gets where he needs to be and you don’t beat him because if he does get that step on you he’s got that long stick and he’s smart when he doesn’t put himself out of position. And for Oleksiak, at 18, to already know how to use your body as an asset and as an advantage, this kid will be in a Stars’ uniform real early.”

But for Oleksiak and Campbell, there will still be more seasoning in junior hockey. Both players are expected to be sent back to their junior teams soon. Campbell will play for Windsor of the OHL and Oleskiak will also be in the OHL, playing for Saginaw.

Stars prospects ready for Traverse City

September, 9, 2011
FRISCO -- Hockey is back this weekend as Dallas Stars prospects hit the ice in Traverse City, Michigan for the 2011 NHL Prospect Tournament.

Many of the Stars top prospects will play including the team’s last three first round picks – defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (2011), goaltender Jack Campbell (2010) and forward Scott Glennie (2009).

“It’s a good tournament,” said Glennie. “It gets you ready for camp, that’s the biggest part of it for us. That’s why we go there. It’s good to get the legs back and get in the game mindset again. It’s a big thing for all of us.”

Stars prospects will be joined by those from the Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres.

“For a lot of guys it is a measuring stick to where you are, not only against prospects from other teams but guys in your own organization that you may have to beat out,” said Campbell. “That’s a huge thing for that tournament, but also if you play well you might get a shot at the next level. It’s just a great opportunity for everybody.”

Defenseman Brenden Dillon is another top Dallas prospect playing at the tournament. Dillon, a free agent signing out of the WHL made quite an impression during his brief stint with the Texas Stars late last season, and is expected to push for some NHL playing time this season. This will be another chance to shine in front of Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk, Stars Director of Scouting and Player Development Les Jackson, head coach Glen Gulutzan and others.

“It was nice to get that little taste last year and that was a valuable experience,” said Dillon. “But now you’re going to have Joe, Les and all those guys watching and I am sure Gully will be around, so it will be good to get back in that rhythm and get this time of year going again.”

This will be Dillon’s first appearance at the tournament, which begins Saturday and runs through Wednesday.

“Everybody is itching to go with the season and this is the first taste of that. It’s a little bit of a taste of everything,” said Dillon. “You get to see all the top prospects from all the teams and get to play with the top prospects from Dallas. It’s exciting. I’m looking forward to it.”

Campbell, who will share the goaltending duties with Tyler Beskorowany, will be playing in his second tournament. He said he put too much pressure on himself last year to make an impression. This year he just wants to be himself.

“This year I am going to go out and have fun,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll stop all the pucks.”

Glennie’s a Traverse City veteran. He’ll be playing in his third tournament and his approach will be a lot different than the first one back in 2009.

“My first year playing there were a lot more nerves. You don’t know what to expect. Now, you know what the pace is going to be like and what it’s like,” Glennie said. “I have to go and take on more of a role. I’ll be one of the older guys and it will be my third year, so I want to take on a leadership role. We’ll see how that plays out. It’s definitely going to be different the first year I played there.”

Glennie and the other Dallas prospects will be coached by Jeff Pyle, the new head coach of the Texas Stars, and Texas assistant Jeff Truitt. There won’t be a lot of practice time heading into that first game, but Glennie said that’s part of what makes the tournament interesting.

“It’s a little bit crazy on the ice because you don’t practice too many systems. They try to get in as much as possible in the couple practices that you have before,” said Glennie. “It’s basically go out there and show what you can do. It’s a bit of a tougher environment, but you get used to it. You play four games and by the end of it everybody has kind of jelled together. It’s fun.”

And one advantage is that many of the guys have played together before and most of the players were together for a week at the team’s development camp in July.

“We kind of know each other now, most of the Stars prospects. It’s fun to work your way up and get to know everybody,” said Campbell. “I think that chemistry goes a long way in the tournament. It’s whatever team clicks the best is the one that will come out with the win.”

Dallas Stars Traverse City roster

Forwards: Matt Carter, Oliver D'Aoust, Matt Fraser, Scott Glennie, Cole Grbavac, Tristan King, Nick Layton, Scott Oke, Brett Ritchie, Ondrej Roman, Stephen Schultz, Matej Stransky, Matt Tassone

Defensemen: Jace Coyle, Curtis Crombeen, Brenden Dillon, Hubert Labrie, Jamie Oleksiak, Alex Theriau, Troy Vance

Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell stopped all 23 shots he faced and picked up an assist in USA Blue’s 4-3 overtime win over Sweden Monday afternoon at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY.

Campbell played the first half of the game for USA Blue and looked sharp in net, turning away 12 shots in the first period and then 11 shots in the first half of the second period.

The Stars’ 1st round pick (11th overall) in 2010 has now stopped 52 of 55 shots in about 90 minutes of play at the camp.

Defenseman John Klingberg (5th round/2010) scored one goal for Sweden. It came on a shot from the point with the Swedes on the power play. Klingberg saw plenty of time on Sweden’s power play and also a little time on the penalty kill.

Defenseman Patrik Nemeth (2nd round/2010) was involved in the game as well, especially on the penalty front. He took a roughing minor at the end of the first period during a scrum as time expired. He was in the penalty box for interference when the USA took a 3-2 lead with a power play goal in the third period. As he came out of the box after that goal he was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and then was ejected.

The box score from the game is here.

Sweden plays Finland on Tuesday afternoon.
Dallas Stars prospect Jamie Oleksiak had one goal and one assist Saturday night in the Red-White game at Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp at Rexall Place in Edmonton.

Oleksiak opened the scoring late in the first with Team Red on the power play. His shot from the point found its way through traffic and past goaltender Tyler Bunz.

The big defenseman came close to giving Team Red a 3-1 lead early in the second when he went to the front of the net, but a shot that deflected off him was stopped by Bunz.

Oleksiak picked up a secondary assist on Team Red’s fourth goal and was cutting in front of the goaltender when Mark Stone’s shot went into the net to make it a 4-1 game.

But Team White scored four straight goals to pull out a 5-4 win. The last two goals were scored by Edmonton prospect Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and that drew a big reaction from the crowd.

Team Red had nine defensemen in the game and Oleksiak, Dallas’ first round pick (14th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, was usually paired with Florida prospect Erik Gudbranson and Phoenix prospect Brandon Gormley.

Stars prospect Brett Ritchie (2nd round/2011) played right wing on a line with Phoenix prospect Lucas Lessio, Calgary prospect Patrick Holland and San Jose prospect Michael Sgarbossa. The line didn’t factor in the scoring, but did create a couple of chances.

Team Red and Team White play again Sunday night, the final day of Canada’s camp.

Campbell gets win in USA intrasquad game

Stars goaltending Jack stopped 29 of 32 shots and picked up the win as USA Blue defeated USA White 4-3 in an intrasquad game at the USA Hockey National Junior Team Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY. Campbell was particularly sharp in the first two periods, stopping 23 of 24 shots as USA White generated several quality chances.

The two teams play again Sunday afternoon.
Listen to Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell talk and you hear a lot about patience these days. Learning to be patient in his game and to be patient in getting to where he wants to be.

Campbell, the Stars’ first round pick (11th overall) in 2010, is coming off his first season of major junior hockey. It didn’t begin the way he was hoping.

“It was a pretty rough start, coming from pro camp and having real high expectations of myself and the team,” Campbell said. “It taught me that you’ve got to live in the moment. You can’t get too caught up in where you want to be because that’s not always going to end up how you write it down.”

But Campbell, who was 2-5-0 after his first eight starts, got better as things moved along, had a strong second half and helped the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League make it to the league finals.

“I’ve learned a lot. The first eight games was a rough stretch, but after that I thought I settled down and had a real good playoff run,” he said. “Now, I feel like I am ready to take that next step.”

But his game is still a work in progress, he said, and getting to the next level – the pro level – is going to require patience in the way he plays.

“The biggest thing for myself is slowing my game down and being more patient,” Campbell said. “You look at NHL guys, obviously they have quickness and size – hopefully things I can portray one day in the NHL – but I have to try to slow everything down and feel a little bit more calm in the net.”

Campbell, who is one of several Dallas prospects current skating at the team’s development camp in McKinney, would love nothing more than to come into training camp in September and show that’s ready to take the next step and earn a spot in the ECHL or AHL. But he’s ready to let things play out and strive to be his best where ever he ends up. Chances are that is going to be another year in the OHL because the Stars are going to be patient with the young goaltender.

“That’s what you love about him. He’s a passionate kid that loves to play and wants to get to the NHL,” said Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Scouting and Player Development. “Like all those guys, they want to get there today but the timetable says it’s a little later. I think in the ideal world, we’ll bring him to camp and he’ll probably end up back in Windsor. That’s the natural progression. He’ll get a lot of games there and a lot of experience and we’ll see a year down the road from there.”

The Stars like how Campbell is progressing and what he did in his first season in the Canadian Hockey League, which includes the OHL, WHL and QMJHL. It’s was a big jump for the 19-year-old and the Stars believe he learned some hard, but valuable lessons..

“Campbell is an amazing prospect. Going to the Canadian Hockey League was the best experience for him,” said Jackson. “Traditionally what happens with a lot of the American kids that go in is that the Canadian League is a challenge for them. It’s a tough league and there’s a lot of competition. He went through that adversity and he showed at the World Junior his caliber.”

Campbell was superb for Team USA at the World Junior Championship in Buffalo, leading his team to a bronze medal with a 5-1 record, 1.70 goals against average and a .941 save percentage. His performance earned him the tournament’s Best Goalkeeper award.

That showing at the World Juniors helped propel him to a strong second half of the season in the OHL. He went 12-4-4 over his final 20 decisions to end the season with a 24-14-4 record, 3.80 goals against average and a .884 save percentage. He was 9-9 in the playoffs with a 3.74 GAA and .887 save percentage. The goals against numbers may seem high and the save percentage a bit low, but the OHL is an offensive league.

“The key thing is he finished off really strong and was arguably one of their MVP’s in the playoffs,” said Stars goaltending coach Mike Valley. “That should give him a lot of confidence and help continue to build that foundation that we’re building for him.”

Campbell was hard at work prior to development camp getting ready for the 2011-12 campaign.

“I’ve put on 18 pounds trying to get ready for the next season,” Campbell said. “Size, strength, quickness and flexibility I’ve been hitting hard. I think you’ll see a big difference in my game this upcoming season.”

The Stars like Campbell’s work ethic and his commitment to improve. But there’s one attribute that the Stars believe will help propel him to the NHL.

“He’s one of the most highly competitive players, not just goaltenders, but players that we’ve seen,” said Valley. “He battles so hard every single day that he is in that crease. It doesn’t matter if it is development camp or the playoffs or any time of the year, when he gets in the net he wants to stop every single puck. That’s a trait that is so important to have, and ultimately that’s the trait that’s going to make him into a top NHL goaltender.”

Stars development camp

There were no on-ice activities at Dallas Stars development camp on Monday. The team focused on team building activities. The team will resume on-ice sessions Tuesday at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in McKinney. The first session runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The afternoon session runs from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All on-ice sessions are open to the public.

Prospect update: Jack Campbell

May, 19, 2011
The latest in a series of updates on Dallas Stars prospects looks at goaltender Jack Campbell, the team’s 1st round pick (11th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

The 19-year-old came out of the U.S. Development program and played his first season in the Ontario Hockey League in 2010-11, posting a 24-14-4 record with a 3.80 goals against average and .884 save percentage for the Windsor Spitfires. In the playoffs, he helped Windsor make it to the Conference finals, going 9-9 with 3.74 goals against average, a .887 save percentage and two shutouts.

He was named “Best Goalkeeper” at the World Junior Championship after helping lead Team USA to the bronze medal with a 5-1 record, 1.70 goals against average and a .941 save percentage. That performance earned him a spot on the tournament All-Star Team as well.

“I think Campbell had a great year,” said Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Scouting and Player Development. “For a kid coming from where he came from to go play in the OHL, that’s a huge step. The first half, I think, was a huge adjustment. He went to the World Junior, played excellent and since then he played good. The last month-and-a-half he was really a top player for [Windsor]. He’s right on track.”

Campbell got off to a slow start, but was 15-5-4 in his last 24 decisions during the regular season for Windsor, which plays a wide open style. And the OHL schedule was a major adjustment too, but Jackson felt those are all good experiences for the highly touted Campbell, ranked as the Stars’ top prospect and 10th among all NHL prospects by The Hockey News Future Watch 2011.

“Those are the best things for him to learn because of where he got drafted everybody thinks he’s got to be God. Well, he isn’t,” Jackson said. “He’s got to go through the lessons to learn just like everybody else. There isn’t a better kid. There isn’t anybody in his age group that has that talent. It’s just a matter of getting through it.

“He was pretty impressive. He had some learning experiences. It’s a pretty rigid schedule up there. The potential is unbelievable. He’s a very good player.”

Good enough that Team USA invited him to be the No. 3 goaltender at the recently concluded World Championship in Slovakia. Campbell didn’t play, but list it as another good learning experience.

And Jackson said the Stars are leaning towards another season of learning and gaining experience in the OHL for Campbell, who signed an entry-level contract with the Stars in November.

“We’ll probably leave him in Windsor again,” Jackson said. “That’s the next step where he should go, get his two years there and then turn him pro.”