This morning the Dallas Stars made an announcement that they are sending backup goaltender Richard Bachman back to down their AHL affiliate team the Texas Stars, while recalling goalie Jack Campbell up to Dallas. Jack Campbell was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the first round, 11th overall and was the first goaltender selected in the 2010 NHL Draft.
Before his professional career began for the Texas Stars, this 6'4" 175lb netminder played for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP) for two seasons. Campbell a Michigan native, represented the NTDP several times in those two seasons, finding success helping Team USA to an upset win over Team Canada in the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. Jack would be named best goaltender of that tournament and previously was also apart of IIHF World U18 Championships winning gold in 2009 and again 2010.
After his two year stint in NTDP, Campbell found himself in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) playing for the Windsor Spitfires, shortly there after he was traded to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (2011-2012) where he would play 34 games and would finish with a .892 save percentage. Now on to the American Hockey League (AHL) level with the Texas Stars, Campbell only 21 years old, has been decent in 32 games posting a 14-10-3 record and has a .906 save percentage.
The Dallas Stars are coming up on back to back games on the road, first tomorrow night in Denver against the Avalanche, and then against the Kings in Los Angeles Thursday night. My guess is we will see Dallas Stars' starter Kari Lehtonen tomorrow and possibly Jack Campbell in the pipes versus the Kings, or vice versa you never know. It would be nice to see what Jack Campbell can bring to the table, but the Stars defense will also need to be there to help, along with offense getting some pucks on net. (Video below is some highlights of Jack Campbell during the USA upset win over Canada).