Saturday, February 27, 2010
USNTDP Goalie Jack Campbell
I love writing about goalies and defenseman, as you can see by me having Kevin Lind rated above Jaden Schwartz. So, naturally, I'm writing about one of the best junior goalies in the world, Jack Campbell. The goaltender from Port Huron, Michigan stands at 6'2" and weighs 171 pounds. This season in the USHL alone, not counting the games where he's played D1 schools, Campbell has an unheard of 1.98 GAA and .923 SV% in 6 games played. Campbell also guided Team USA to a gold medal in the World Junior Hockey Championship over Canada. You can watch highlights of that game here.
Campbell has been frustrating USHL teams all season as it seems almost impossible to score on him. He has almost perfect mechanics and form and is always square to the shooter. To take a quote from Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks from the movie Miracle, "If you score on him, keep the puck, because it doesn't happen often.". Jack is always in front of the puck and uses his glove very effectively.
Campbell has been getting high praise from scouts everywhere, and it's well deserved. As far I can tell, Campell won't attend a University to play college hockey. Jack should be drafted in the top 15 at least and may jump onto an NHL roster right away or play AHL or another minor league affiliate. He has the skill to get onto a NHL roster right away, but only time will tell.
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EDIT: I realized after I posted this that Campbell signed a contract with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL for next year.