Stars pick goalie Campbell at No. 11
LOS ANGELES -- The Dallas Stars selected goalie Jack Campbell with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft on Friday at Staples Center.
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Campbell, 18, is from Port Huron, Mich., and was a part of the U.S. National Under-17 team. He played 11 games and had a 6-3-1 record with a 2.21 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. He's slated to play for Windsor in the Ontario Hockey League this upcoming season.
"I wanted to go there and to see it slide down there [to Dallas], I was really thinking maybe it would happen," Campbell said. "I wasn't sure when they went to the podium, but when they called my name is was a complete shock and I was really pleased."
Campbell helped the U.S. win a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships. In the championship game against Canada, he stopped 32 of 34 shots after entering the game in the second period with his team down 3-0. The U.S. won the game in overtime.
In 2008-09, Campbell was 14-6-1 with a 2.21 GAA with the National Under-18 team (NAHL).
Campbell, 6-3, 175 pounds, talked about a desire to play for Dallas even before the draft, noting that he's worked with Stars goalie coach Mike Valley. Scouts believe Campbell has the talent to become an elite goalie but that he'll need some time to develop.
"I learned a lot" working with Valley, Campbell said. "He was a great guy, a great asset for me to have this past season. We were talking about working the whole summer this year, so I'm really looking forward to going down there and spending some quality time on the ice and really developing my game."
The Stars took Campbell despite the fact that two of the top-rated defenseman in the draft were still available in Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley. Fowler was selected by Anaheim with the 12th pick.
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