Saturday, August 13, 2011
Stars prospects wrap it up at USA camp
By Mark Stepneski
Dallas Stars prospects Jack Campbell, Patrik Nemeth and John Klingberg called it a week in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon as Sweden defeated the U.S. 6-4 in the final game of the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.
Klingberg picked up one assist in the game for Sweden and finished the camp with one goal and two assists in four games. The Stars’ fifth round pick (131st overall) from 2010 was impressive at the camp. He handles and moves the puck extremely well. He can get himself into trouble sometimes when he overhandles the puck, but it doesn’t happen that often. He also did a nice job in some one-on-one defensive situations.
Nemeth, the second round pick (41st overall) from 2010, had no points Saturday and two penalty minutes. He ended up with one goal, one assist and 18 penalty minutes (all minors) in five games. He played a pretty solid two-way game. He was good defensively for the most part and picked his spots to jump into things offensively at the other end. Nemeth was on the ice in the final minutes of Saturday’s game as Sweden protected a one goal lead and was aggressive in protecting the front of the net. The penalties and the fact that he was kicked out of the first game for barking at the ref obviously were issues.
Campbell, Dallas’ first round pick (11th overall) in 2010, served as the backup on Saturday and did not play. He ended up getting into three games for the USA and my unofficial stats had him playing 150 minutes and posting a 2.80 goals against average and .915 save percentage. Campbell played extremely well and established himself as the USA’s top goaltender in the camp. That’s no surprise. It’s really tough to judge goalies when you are watching online with one wide camera angle, but I thought he was outstanding. Faced a lot of quality chances at times and responded with quality stops.