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The Stars used their first-round pick on Campbell back in 2010 so he could be the future of the team at goalie.
Campbell has played a lot of international competition as part of the US National Developmental Program. He was part of three IIHF under-20 teams. On those teams he managed to pull down a lot of hardware, including gold medals and individual awards.
This goalie has a ton of upside and almost no pressure, since Kari Lehtonen has posted back-to-back fantastic seasons. Campbell is sharing time with Christopher Nihlstorp for the Texas Stars right now, but that may not last long.
Right now, Campbell doesn’t look like he’ll be sniffing the NHL roster soon because he must play past Nihlstorp and current Dallas backup Richard Bachman. Bachman has a little international experience as well, since he was part of the United States team that went to Finland in the IIHF tournament this past summer.
All it would take, though, is one lengthy injury to Bachman or Lehtonen for Campbell to get his chance in Dallas. Assuming everyone in front of him stays relatively healthy, though, he could be up in two to three years as a backup. Much like the depth at center, it never hurts to have too many goalies with a lot of upside.
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