Mike Farkas of Hockeyâs Future has dissected the Stars prospects and ranked them 1-to-20.
Goalie Jack CampbellÂ remains No. 1.
1. (1) Jack Campbell, G, 8.0C
Drafted 1st round, 11th overall, 2010
Once again, Jack Campbell retains his crown as the Dallas Stars top prospect. Campbell got his first dose of professional action at the AHL level late last season and performed well. He was off to a decent start in the OHL with the Windsor Spitfires before he was shipped off in a massive trade to Sault Ste. Marie, where he was unable to help the Greyhounds clinch a playoff berth behind a rather porous defense. He joined Texas in the AHL, another playoff-less club, late in the season and looked good despite the rather rigorous schedule. Campbell represented the United States at the U-20 World Junior Championship for the third year in a row but failed to light the world on fire behind an underachieving USA squad, a rare international miss for Campbell.
He had an up-and-down junior career, which is now behind him. He will now embark on becoming an AHL starter, as Texas looks to former Dallas assistant Willie Desjardins to be its third head coach in three years. Last seasonâs team was far more aggressive and offensive under Jeff Pyle but Desjardins figures to tilt the scales back in the direction of Glen Gulutzanâs defensive style. Assuming that Desjardins can bring better team defense to the table for Texas, Campbell should be in a comfortable, controlled environment as he learns the professional game.
Campbell has good bounce-back ability and, if he has not done so already, will seek to compartmentalize his relatively lackluster junior career. He is a terrifically athletic goaltender with great reflexes and stick-handling ability. His rookie season in the AHL should be a big stepping stone on his way to a bright future.
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