2010 first-rounder Jack Campbell could see his first NHL action this week after being recalled by the Dallas Stars Tuesday morning.
GM Joe spoke with Mark Stepneski about the call up, and what the possible plans are as of right now:
"I think it is an opportunity for both goaltenders," Nieuwendyk said. "It's an opportunity for Bachs to go down and get two games, tonight and Friday night. Then we go on the road and give Jack a little experience at the NHL level, practicing with us. There's no guarantee he'll get into a game. He'll back up Kari (Lehtonen). ... We'll see how things go in Colorado and make a decision on whether he plays in Los Angeles or not. But is important for Bachs to get some games, some starts. Jack has played well at the AHL level and he deserves to be up at the NHL level as well."
It seems like Campbell playing in Colorado is essentially ruled out here, as that would give him some time to acclimate to the NHL for a game before he plays. As Nieuwendyk says though, there's no guarantee that he will play at all on this trip. We will see what happens as we get nearer to the games.
And with a back-to-back set coming up Wednesday and Thursday in Colorado and Los Angeles, respectively, it would seem that the intention would be for the rookie to see his first NHL action, and soon.
With Nilstorp hurt Campbell has started each of Texas' last two games with Tyler Beskorowany backing up - So it's not as if they don't need him down there.
From the Stars: "Campbell, 21, has skated in 32 games for Texas this season and has a 14-10-3 record with a .906 save percentage (SV%) and a 2.59 goals-against average (GAA). The Port Huron, Mich., native was Dallas' first-round selection (11th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to beginning his professional career, Campbell represented Team USA at three consecutive IIHF World U-20 Championships (2010-12), capturing a gold medal in 2010 and a bronze medal in 2011.
Bachman, 25, has played in seven games this season with Dallas, recording a 2-3-0 record with a .838 SV% and a 4.27 GAA. The Salt Lake City native has appeared in 26 career NHL contests, posting a 10-8-1 record with a .894 SV%, a 3.13 GAA and one shutout. He was Dallas' fourth-round selection (120th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft."
Campbell struggled to get consistent playing time early in the year as Cristopher Nilstorp excelled early on, but since the onset of the shortened NHL season he's seen the lion's share of the work as the revolving door between Cedar Park and Frisco has seen Bachman and Nilstorp shuffle back and forth.
Now it's his turn.
It's at least worth noting that Bachman could be one of the players suffering from this illness infecting the locker room with flu-like symptoms during last night's contest, and this will ensure a healthy body on a back to back, but it could be that they're just ready to give Campbell his cup of coffee, as they've done with so many other youngsters this year.
Additionally, Ryan Garbutt has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to the Ducks game last week. After he tweeted about some manner of cast on his hand it's been speculated that he could have a broken hand/wrist or something of that nature.
Tomas Vincour will be the Stars only extra forward body on the road trip if no additional call-ups are made.
What to do with Campbell...Is the plan to ride Kari Lehtonen hard in both nights of the back to back? Will Campbell make his first start at Staples Center of all places, or will they give him the go ahead in the altitude at Denver tomorrow night?