25-Year-Old Goalie – Los Angeles Kings
Jack Campbell Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $1.225 million contract with the Kings in July of 2016.
Campbell might be an option to come up from the minors and serve as Peter Budaj's backup, as the team is unhappy with the recent play of Jeff Zatkoff, LA Kings Insider reports.
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Campbell made his NHL debut last season and despite getting hammered (six goals against in 60 minutes of work), he looks to be the goaltender of the future in Dallas. However, the future won't be this season. Dallas now has three goaltenders on one-way contracts and none of them are named Jack Campbell. Campbell is a promising young netminder, but he won't be in the NHL full time for at least one or two more seasons.
Campbell split time with Cristopher Nilstorp in the AHL, posting a 19-13-3 record and a 2.65 GAA in 40 games for the Texas Stars. He had a nice run of starts in February when Nilstorp was injured, but returned to backup duties for the Texas Stars' playoff run. The signing of Dan Ellis to a two-year contract keeps the Campbell/Nilstorp duo in the AHL for the foreseeable future, so expect another two years in the minors for the 21-year-old.
Campbell's pro career hasn't taken off as quickly as hoped given his past successes with Team USA in various international competitions. He has backstopped some pretty poor teams, a contributing factor no doubt, and he's expected to get the bulk of the starts for the Texas Stars (AHL) after seeing some brief action there late in the year. He's the heir apparent to Kari Lehtonen.
Campbell posted a .884 save percentage and a 3.80 goals against average in his first year of Junior hockey, pretty disappointing numbers for the 11th overall pick back in 2010. It's impossible to ignore his success in the various international competitions in recent years, but Campbell needs to be better next year in order to justify the hype.
Dallas selected Campbell with the 11th overall pick in 2010 as the eventual heir apparent to Marty Turco. Campbell's performance in international play is well known with U18 and U20 gold medals, and he'll make his professional debut with Windsor (OHL) this season.