The Dallas Stars have watched goaltending prospect and former first round pick Jack Campbell slide down the depth chart over the last few seasons, struggling to remain in the AHL with poor numbers and inconsistent performances.
With a strong goaltending coach in Dusty Imoo, though, and a weak goaltending prospect pool, the Los Angeles Kings have decided to give Campbell a second chance.
The Kings acquired Campbell from the Dallas Stars on the second day of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. In return, the Pacific Division club sent defenseman Nick Ebert to Dallas, making the deal a direct swap of prospects.
Drafted 11th overall by the Stars in 2010, Campbell played for the US U18 Development Team for two seasons before heading to the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, ultimately ending his major junior career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds before going pro in 2012.
Since then, the 24-year-old Port Huron, Michigan native has spent most of his time at the AHL level with the Texas Stars, getting one game in Dallas in the 2013-14 season. For the past two seasons, he has split his time between the AHL and the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads – although the .945 save percentage and .944 save percentage he’s put up in each of those years with Idaho, respectively, suggest he still has some raw talent.
Heading back to Dallas is defenseman Nick Ebert. Like Campbell, Ebert has spent his pro career thus far in the minors, albeit only playing in two seasons at the AHL level with the Manchester Monarchs and the Ontario Reign. He was initially drafted by the Kings in 2012 with the 211th overall pick.
The Kings lost goaltender JF Berube to waivers last season, and are expected to lose backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth this summer, as well. As a result, it’s likely that Campbell has been brought in to help replenish a depleted depth chart – the question, though, is where he’ll slot in exactly.