Evaluting Future Dallas Stars Goalie Jack Campbell after Year One with the Windsor Spitfires

By Chris Ransom

Jack Campbell played for the US National Development team in the USHL before being drafted 11th overall by the Dallas Stars.  After being selected by the Dallas Stars, Jack Campbell left the US National Developmental team to play in the OHL.

The two time J Ross Robertson Cup and two time Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires who won the Memorial Cup in 2009 and 2010 picked up Jack Campbell and made him their starting goaltender for the 2010-2011 season.

Jack Campbell had some high points and low points during the 2010-2011 season when he was going through the transition of playing in the USHL to playing in the OHL.  The high points were things Campbell did well with in year one while the low points are things that Campbell will need to improve at moving forward.

High Points

Campbell Gained Experience Jack Campbell played in a career high 45 games with the Windsor Spitfires.  Campbell experienced the transition of taking his game from the USHL to a much tougher league in the OHL.

Won More Games Jack Campbell had a previous high of 14 career wins entering the OHL.  He silenced critics who doubted Campbell’s ability to win games and won 24 of the 45 games that he played in for Windsor.

Low Points

Failed to record a Shutout In each of his 3 years with the US National Development team, Campbell managed to record at least 1 shut out.  Campbell failed to record a shutout this season despite having excellent defenders with Ryan Ellis and Nick Ebert.

Allowed too Many Goals Campbell allowed 86 goals during his 3 years on the US National Developmental Team.  Campbell allowed 155 goals with Windsor this season nearly doubling his combined total of goals allowed during a 3 year period.  Campbell never allowed more than 53 goals during one season with the US Developmental team.  Campbell’s 155 goals nearly triples the 53 goals allowed which was his career high for most goals allowed in a season up until this point.  I am not too concerned about Jack Campbell yet because he got more ice time than ever before which is good.  Campbell has to allow less than 150 goals while starting 45 or more games if he wants to show any signs of improvement in 2011-2012.

Goals Against Average Jack Campbell had a 1.71 GAA, 2.52 GAA, and 2.21 GAA in his 3 seasons with the US Developmental team.  Campbell had a 3.80 GAA in the OHL going up against stiff competition and future NHL players.  When you play for Windsor and you have a top notch quality defense you need a goalie like Jack Campbell to allow fewer than 3.80 Goals Against Average.

Save Percentage Jack Campbell had a save percentage higher than .900 in 3 years with the US Developmental team.  Last year with Windsor Campbell had a save percentage below .900 posting an .884 save percentage in the regular season and a .887 save percentage in the post season.  I want to see if Campbell can get his save percentage back above .900 this upcoming season now that he has a year of experience in the OHL.

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