The Ducks are in town tonight, and I'm sure many of you wanted to get a chance to see if Cam Fowler was "worth passing over" or "a better prospect" or "FIRE JOE" or something else along those lines. Well, turns out Fowler won't be in the lineup tonight, so instead I will focus your attention on the Dallas Stars top two prospects, both of whom are playing through their first month of Canadian Junior hockey this season.
The early returns? Well.....it could be going better.
The Stars first pick in the NHL Entry Draft this season has had a rough go in his debut month playing in junior hockey, but he finally might be making a turnaround. After allowing at least four goals in each of his first seven starts for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, Campbell settled down and made 30 saves on Friday to lead his team to a 4-1 victory. This recap in the Windsor Star mentions that the Spitfires brought in a sports psychologist for Campbell, and Campbell credited that for helping him get his head straight.
Now, the phrase "sports psychologist" is never a pleasing phrase to hear when talking about an athlete, but in this case I don't think there's anything to be alarmed about. Look, Campbell is 18 years old. He's a kid. He's having a tough beginning to his pro career (4.38 GAA, 0.867 SV% in nine games), and that can get inside the head of even someone as confident as Jack seems to be. The kid obviously puts a lot of pressure on himself to succeed, and when he doesn't, that might've gotten into his head. Who knows.
But the thing here is that his performance actually isn't an indication of his talent, as some kneejerk fans might've thought. It was all in his head, and now it seems like Jack might be on the right track. The good thing for Campbell is that the other Spitfires goaltender, Troy Passingham, is off to a hot start. That takes some of the pressure off Campbell to play spectacularly, and gives him time to get focused mentally again.
It'll be interesting to keep an eye on how Campbell bounces back over the next month.
After the jump, more on Scott Glennie's rough start...
After a rather nondescript showing in training camp, I'm sure many Stars fans were hoping to see the Stars' 8th overall pick in the '09 draft come out stronger for his Brandon Wheat Kings. Unfortunately, that has not been the case.
The Wheat Kings are mired in a horrid start to the WHL season, dropping their last nine consecutive games after a 4-0 start. The Kings have relied on the trio of Brayden Schenn, Matt Calvert and Scott Glennie over the past three years to provide their scoring punch. But with Schenn playing for the Los Angeles Kings and Calvert playing for the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, the Kings are looking for Scott Glennie to pick up the scoring load. But through 13 games, Glennie has 2 goals, 6 assists and a plus/minus of -10. If you're wondering, that's 110th-best in points in the WHL, and 4th best on his own team. Not a great start for Glennie.
The knock on Glennie before the '09 draft was that many scouts didn't know if his success was directly attributed to playing on the wing of Brayden Schenn. The question was: Could Glennie prove that he was a great player and could make plays on his own, without Schenn or Calvert? So far, Glennie has failed to step up and quiet his doubters...but it's early in the season, and Glennie has the rest of the season and the World Junior Championships to prove himself. And the Wheat Kings will need him if they want to regain some ground in the WHL...so the upcoming month will be a very important one for Glennie.
Assorted Prospect Notes...
- Goalie prospect Tyler Beskorowany is now 1-1-1 with a 3.10 GAA and .913 save percentage for the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. We here at DBD like Beskorowany a lot (especially Brad), and if he plays well this season as a full-time starter in Idaho he might make a jump to the AHL next year.
- After netting two assists in his first five games, defensman Patrik Nemeth has tallied only one assist in his last seven games for AIK of the Swedish Elitseren league. He was recently 11th in the SEL in TOI.