Dallas Stars: Jack Campbell
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.”
Texas finished last in the AHL's Western Conference and 29th in a 30 team league with a 31-40-5 record this season. The team missed the playoffs for the first time in its three year existence.
"These are difficult decisions," said Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. "We fell short of where we thought the bar needed to be this year with respect to our minor league team. I think looking ahead we realize the importance of the situation here moving forward, especially with all those kids we have coming in to that team. We just felt it was the right decision for our organization moving forward."
Several of Dallas' top prospects will play in Texas next season, including goaltender Jack Campbell, defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, defenseman Patrik Nemeth, forward Alex Chiasson and forward Austin Smith. Campbell, Chiasson and Smith played there the final few weeks of this season.
Pyle and Truitt took over the Texas Stars last summer after head coach Glen Gulutzan and assistant Paul Jerrard, who had guided Texas to the playoffs in the team's first two seasons, were promoted to the Dallas Stars' coaching staff.
Nieuwendyk said the Stars are in no rush to find a replacement.
"We'll let the dust settle a bit and we'll have plenty of time to go through the [search process]," Nieuwendyk said.
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.”
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.
Benn, who has represented Canada at the World Junior Championship, is one of 11 forwards on the roster. Other forwards include Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, John Tavares, Jordan Eberle and Jeff Skinner.
"Whenever you get a chance to play in May, it is a good experience. Plus, they are playing with some elite players over there," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "For Benny, it's maybe a chance to play with Getzlaf, Perry, Tavares and those type of players, guys of his caliber. They make each other better, so it will be a good experience."
The announcement on Canada's roster and the list of players is here.
Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski and goaltender Richard Bachman were on Team USA's initial list of players, which was released yesterday. Texas Stars goaltender Jack Campbell is expected to be added to the roster as well.
Goaltender Kari Lehtonen is expected to play for Finland, forward Loui Eriksson is playing for Sweden, defenseman Philip Larsen will play for Denmark and Tomas Vincour is under consideration for the Czech squad.
The tournament, which gets underway May 4, will be played in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.
FRISCO -- The Dallas Stars underwent physicals, held exit interviews and cleaned out their lockers today, but several players will continue to play hockey this spring, suiting up for their countries at the World Championship.
Among that group will be Jamie Benn, who is expected to suit up for Team Canada.
“I think I am going to go,” Benn said. “It will be a good experience for a young guy like me, and I be surrounded by some pretty good players. I guess that is the next step for me, and I am looking forward to it.”
Defenseman Alex Goligoski and goaltender Richard Bachman were among the first 17 players named to the USA roster today.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Bachman.” I am looking forward to going to Europe and checking out all that stuff. It’s brand new to me.”
Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell is expected to be the No. 3 goaltender for the United States.
It appears Kari Lehtonen will be playing for Finland, one of the host countries of this year’s tournament. He believes it will be a good experience for him.
“I want to get used to playing in May and extend the season. That’s what you need to do when you are ultimately in the playoffs and going deep there,” Lehtonen said. “I think that will be great for me to make the summer a little shorter and keep playing.”
Loui Eriksson will play for Sweden, the other host country.
Defenseman Philip Larsen will play for Denmark.
Tomas Vincour has been approached by the Czech Republic. Trevor Daley was asked to play for Team Canada, but declined because his wife is expecting a child.
The World Championship, which will be played in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden, gets underway May 4.
There are some things worth watching with Texas. Left wing Matt Fraser, a free agent signing last season, is battling for the AHL goal scoring crown. The 21-year-old currently leads the league with 36 goals in 69 games.
Jack Campbell (1st round/2010) should get some more starts. So far, he is 3-4-0 with a 3.00 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. Forwards Alex Chiasson (2nd round/2009) and Austin Smith (5th round/2007) continue to get their first taste of pro experience. Smith has three assists in eight games and Chiasson has picked up one assist in five games.
The Stars’ ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads, advanced to the second round of the playoffs, defeating Ontario 5-0 in the fifth and deciding game of their first round series. The Steelheads play Las Vegas in round two.
In the junior ranks, three Dallas prospects are still playing. Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (1st round/2011) and right wing Brett Ritchie (2nd round/2011) both play for the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs, who lead their round two series against Brampton 2-0. Ritchie has one goal and three assists in eight playoff games. Oleksiak has no points and a plus-one rating in eight games.
Defenseman Alex Theriau (4th round/2010) is still active in the WHL playoffs. Theriau’s Medicine Hat team is trailing Moose Jaw 2-0 in the second round. Theriau has two assists in six games.
Defenseman John Klingberg (5th round/2010) and center Emil Molin (4th round/2011) are playing in the Swedish Elite League championship, which gets underway today. Klingberg has four assists in ten playoff games for Skelleftea and Molin has one assist in four playoff games for Brynas. Defenseman Patrik Nemeth, whose AIK team was knocked out in the semifinals by Skelleftea, ended up with one assist in 11 games.
The Texas Stars, who went 2-2-0-0, over the past week, were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Texas, which is 30-36-2-2 on the season and 15th in the Western Conference, has six games remaining this season.
Texas opened the week with a with a 4-3 shootout win at Lake Erie on Tuesday. Jack Campbell made 36 saves, including eight in overtime for the Stars. He also stopped five of seven in the shootout. Travis Morin and Francis Wathier were among the goal scorers in regulation and Colton Sceviour and Austin Smith were among the scorers in the shootout.
On Thursday, the Stars lost 4-2 to Hamilton at Cedar Park Center. Campbell stopped 35 of 38 shots and Morin and Luke Gazdic scored goals. Right wing Alex Chiasson, Dallas’ 2nd round pick from 2009, made his professional debut in the game. He had no points and three shots. Austin Smith, a 5th round pick by Dallas in 2007, picked up his first professional assist.
On Saturday, Campbell posted his first pro shutout, stopping 30 shots in a 4-0 win over Lake Erie in Cedar Park.
“It’s pretty cool, but I don’t play to get shutouts. I play to get wins and to help this team win,” Campbell told reporters after the game. “The guys played great in front of me and I did whatever I could to help.”
Matt Fraser scored two goals pushing his season total to 33, and Gazdic chipped in one goal and one assist.
Texas lost 8-4 to Lake Erie at Cedar Park Center on Sunday. The loss eliminated the Stars from the playoff race. Campbell got the start and gave up four goals on 12 shots in the first period. Tyler Beskorowany played the rest of the game, surrendering four goals on 16 shots. Colton Sceviour scored a pair of goals for Texas and Morin scored as well.
The week ahead
Wednesday April 4, at Grand Rapids
Thursday April 5, at Peoria
4/2: D Jordie Benn assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
The Idaho Steelheads open the ECHL Playoffs this week, taking on the Ontario Reign in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. It’s a best-of-five series.
Another top prospect of the Dallas Stars is headed to the Texas Stars. Dallas announced Monday that they have agreed to terms with right wing Alex Chiasson and that he will spend the rest of the season with Texas.
Chiasson, Dallas’ second-round pick (38th overall) in 2009, has spent the past three seasons at Boston University. This season, as a junior, the 6-foot-3, 202 pound Chiasson led the team in scoring with 46 points (15 goals, 31 assists) in 38 games.
The 21-year-old Quebec native was a 2012 Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star.
The past week: Jack Campbell stellar in pro debut
The Texas Stars went 1-1-0-0 behind goaltender Jack Campbell, who made his professional debut over the weekend.
Campbell, Dallas’ first round pick (11th overall) in 2010, stopped 32 of 35 shots in a 3-1 loss at Oklahoma City on Friday night in his first professional game.
On Sunday, Campbell stopped 32 of 34 shots as Texas won 4-2 at Toronto. Matt Fraser and Francis Wathier were among the goal scorers for Texas.
Forward Austin Smith, Dallas’ fifth round pick (128th overall) in 2007, also made his pro debut with Texas over the weekend. In two games he had no points and six shots on goal.
Texas is 28-34-2-2 on the season. They are 15 points out of the final playoff spot with ten games remaining in the regular season.
The week ahead
Tuesday March 27, at Lake Erie
Thursday March 29, vs. Hamilton
Saturday March 31, vs. Lake Erie
Sunday April 1, vs. Lake Erie
The Idaho Steelheads went 2-1-0-0 over the past week and have now clinched a spot in the ECHL playoffs. The Steelheads are 29-31-2-7 and rank seventh in the ECHL’s Western Conference.
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 the Stars have been holding optional skates during off days recently to conserve energy, but today was not a full optional. Just about everybody was out there.
"No morning skate tomorrow. Most of these guys like to skate 24 hours before. They don't like to go too long without skating," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said.
Mike Ribeiro, Stephane Robidas and Steve Ott were among the guys off the ice for maintenance days.
"Lot of minutes. Couple of other guys decided they'd rather skate." Gulutzan said. "A few guys had maintenance days, but they needed it."
Kari Lehtonen, who did skate today, will get the start in goal tomorrow against the Flames.
Jack Campbell expect to make pro debut tonight
Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell is expected to make his professional debut tonight for the Texas Stars, who play at Oklahoma City. Campbell, Dallas' first round pick (11th overall) in 2010, was assigned to Texas of the American Hockey League earlier this week.
Forward Austin Smith (fifth round/2007) also is expected to make his pro debut with Texas tonight. Smith, the Dallas native who just wrapped up his college career, led the nation in goal scoring at Colgate and is among the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, which goes to the top player in college hockey.
The Texas Stars got a couple of Dallas’ top prospects for the remainder of the regular season, and more could be on the way.
Goalie Jack Campbell, Dallas’ first round pick (11th overall) in 2010, wrapped up his junior career and was assigned to Texas by the Dallas Stars on Monday.
Forward Austin Smith, Dallas’ fifth round pick (128th overall) in 2007, wrapped up his collegiate career at Colgate over the weekend. Smith, college hockey’s leading goal scorer this season, signed an amateur tryout contract with Texas.
Both Smith and Campbell are with the team now and are expected to see action with Texas soon.
“We expect two more blue chip guys coming in potentially after the weekend, depending on how their teams do this weekend,” Texas Stars GM Scott White told ESPN 104.9 in Austin on Wednesday.
White didn’t mention those two players by name, but he could be talking about forwards RW Alex Chiasson (2nd round/2009) and RW Reilly Smith (3rd round/2009). Both players are involved in the NCAA tournament this weekend.
The past week
The Texas went 0-3-0-0 over the past week. Texas is 27-33-2-2 on the season and is 15th in the AHL’s Western Conference, 13 points out of the final playoff spot.
Texas lost 4-3 to Oklahoma City Friday at Cedar Park Center. The Stars blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads in the game. Matt Fraser and Brenden Dillon were among the goal scorers for Texas. Tyler Beskorowany made 32 saves.
After the game, Texas coach Jeff Pyle was blunt about where his team stood.
“We don’t deserve the playoffs, we really, truly don’t,” Pyle said. “We came out in the first and got a 2-0 lead by being patient. In the second period it was still 2-0 and (Travis) Morin turns that puck over. That can’t happen. That’s embarrassing. A leader like that, with a 2-0 lead, you’ve got to take care of the puck and show leadership, and we get none of that. Then we retaliate on a penalty and give them a power play – bad call or not it doesn’t matter. We shouldn’t be there. So, we let them back in the game. Then 3-3 and we deflect a puck blind through the middle of the ice.
“We don’t deserve the playoffs. We don’t do things that are conducive to playoff hockey. We’re not committed to playing playoff hockey. We’re not there. There’s a reason we’re in the situation were in.”
On Saturday, Texas lost 4-3 again to Oklahoma City at Cedar Park Center. The Stars were down 3- 1after the first period and could never catch up. Colton Sceviour and Francis Wathier scored for Texas. Andrew Raycroft made 24 saves.
The Stars dropped their fifth straight game, falling 5-2 to Abbotsford on Monday. Sceviour scored both goals for Texas. Beskorowany made 26 saves. Texas ended it is seven-game homestand with a 2-5-0-0 record.
The week ahead
Friday March 23, at Oklahoma City
Sunday March 25, at Toronto
3/20: Texas signed F Austin Smith to amateur tryout contract
3/19: G Jack Campbell assigned to Texas (AHL) from Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
3/19: Texas signed C Taylor Vause to amateur tryout contract
3/17: D Matt Case released from professional tryout contract
The Idaho Steelheads went 1-1-0-1 over the past week. Idaho is 27-30-2-7 and ranks 7th in the ECHL’s Western Conference.
*G Jack Campbell (1st round/2010) wrapped up his junior career and is now heading to the Texas Stars, where he could see some action soon. Campbell played his last junior game for Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) on Saturday, allowing nine goals in a game against Windsor, but his team won 10-9. Campbell finished the season 21-15-7, with a 3.46 goals against average, .896 save percentage and two shutouts.
*D Jamie Oleksiak (1st round/2011) and RW Brett Ritchie (2nd round/2011), who both play for Niagara of the OHL, are headed for the Ontario League playoffs, where they will play Oshawa. Ritchie, who ended the season on a four-game points streak (3 goals, 2 assists), had 24 goals and 21 assists in 53 games. Oleksiak was a plus-10 over his last seven games. He ended the regular season with 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) and a plus-31 rating in 59 games.
*RW Matej Stransky (6th round/2011) ended the regular season on a six game points streak (4 goals, 11 assists) for Saskatoon of the WHL. Stransky finished the season with 81 points (39 goals, 42 assists) in 70 games. Saskatoon’s first round playoff series is against Medicine Hat, which features Dallas draft pick Alex Theriau (4th round/2010).
*D Troy Vance (5th round/2011) finished the regular season with 24 points (4 goals, 20 assists) and a plus-17 rating in 57 games for Victoriaville of the QMJHL. Victoriaville plays Baie-Comeau in the first round of the playoffs.
*F Austin Smith (5th round/2007) wrapped up his college career over the weekend as Colgate finished fourth in the ECAC tournament. The Dallas native is expected to head to the Texas Stars once a contract with the Dallas Stars is finalized. Smith finished the season with 36 goals and 21 assists in 39 games. He is among the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award and was named the ECAC Player of the Year.
*RW Reilly Smith (3rd round/2009) had 3 goals and 2 assists in two CCHA games for Miami University over the weekend. Smith, who has 30 goals and 18 assists in 38 games, is among the ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. Miami lost in the semifinals of the CCHA Tournament, but is headed to the NCAA tournament as the 5th seed. Miami, which also features Dallas prospect Curtis McKenzie (6th round/2009) plays 12th seeded Massachusetts-Lowell in the East Regional on Friday.
*RW Alex Chiasson (2nd round/2009) scored one goal, but Boston University lost to Maine in the semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament. Chiasson now has 15 goals and 29 assists in 37 games. BU is the 9th seed in the NCAA Tournament and will play 8th seeded Minnesota (and fellow Dallas draft Nico Sacchetti) in the West Regional on Saturday.
*LW Alex Guptill (3rd round/2010) had one assist in two CCHA tournament games for Michigan, which lost in the championship game to Western Michigan. Guptill, who has 16 goals and 17 assists in 40 games, was named the CCHA’s Rookie of the Year. Michigan is the 2nd seed in the NCAA Tournament and plays 13th seeded Cornell in the Midwest Regional on Friday.
*D Patrik Nemeth (2nd round/2010) had one goal and a plus-one rating in five games as AIK beat Lulea in the first round of the Swedish Elite League playoffs. AIK now advances to the semifinal round of the playoffs.
*D John Klingberg (5th round/2010) has no points and a minus-two rating in four games for Skelleftea, which leads its first round series against MODO, 3-2.
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.
Smith, the Dallas native who scored 36 goals in 39 games and is among 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s best player, will begin his pro career next season. There’s a chance Smith could play with the Texas Stars of the AHL the final part of this season to get a head start on his pro career.
Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell (1st round/ 2011) could be joining the Texas Stars soon as well. His junior team – Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League – won’t be going to the playoffs and the OHL regular season wraps up this weekend. There’s a good chance Campbell, who will turn pro next season, will head to Cedar Park soon to get an early start on his pro career.
THN ranks the Stars prospects
The Hockey News is out with its Future Watch 2012, which ranks the prospects for the 30 NHL teams.
Goaltender Jack Campbell was ranked 41st among all NHL prospects and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak ranked 59th.
Here’s how THN sees the top 10 prospects for the Dallas Stars.
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