(Sorry we're a bit late on this folks, the DBD crew has had a busy afternoon.)
The Stars announced this afternoon that they have signed top prospect Jack Campbell to a three-year entry level deal, the first step on Jack Campbell's journey to the pro levels.
Campbell will finish the season for the Windsor Spitfires, where he's finally beginning to bounce back from a bit of a rough start. He'll try out for the Stars next season in training camp, but unless he has a brilliant showing you should still expect him to return to the OHL for another year or so. Let's not forget that Campbell is only 18 years old. Carey Price (drafted 5th overall in 2005) waited two years until he was 20 before he made an NHL roster, and Jonathan Bernier (drafted 11th overall in 2006) is 22 now and still fighting for a starting position. So while we congratulate Jack Campbell for signing his entry level deal, he knows he has a long journey ahead of him. This is just the first step.
But we all can't wait to see what the future holds for the kid.
Press release after the jump...
FRISCO, Tex. -- The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed goaltender Jack Campbell to a three-year entry-level contract. Campbell was Dallas' first-round selection (No. 11 overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Campbell, 18, is currently playing for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, having appeared in 12 games so far this season with a 6-5-0 record, a 3.81 goals-against-average (GAA), and an .882 save percentage.
"Jack is a very promising player for the future of our organization," said Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk. "He has a strong work ethic and we are looking forward to watching him develop as his career progresses."
The 6-3, 175-pound net-minder played for the U.S. National Development Team last season, going 6-3-1 with a 2.21 GAA and a .917 save percentage. He also represented the U.S. at the 2010 Under-20 Championships, as well as both the 2010 and 2009 Under-18 Championships. Campbell led the Americans to gold in all three tournaments.
Campbell will continue playing for Windsor this season and is expected to participate in the Stars' 2011 Summer Development Camp and the team's 2011 Training Camp.