Jack Campbell Profile
Jack CampbellHt/Wt: 6' 2"/175 lbs
Team: USA U-18 NTDP
Jack Campbell's Player ProfileJack Campbell was asked to describe his play and he said simply, “I win big games”. That cannot be disputed as Campbell led the USA to the U18 Championship last month and came off the bench to backstop the Americans to a gold medal vs. Canada at the WJC days shy of his 18th birthday. Scouts, GM’s and coaches will surely scrutinize Campbell’s physical skills and to what potential they will develop, but Campbell’s mental toughness and ability to win championships are what set him apart from all goalies in this year’s draft.
Campbell does have all the tools necessary to succeed in the NHL. His butterfly style allows him to take away the bottom of the net with his pads. He possesses a quick glove and blocker that stop pucks targeted for the upper corners. A particular strength is that Campbell’s upper body remains upright when he butterflies and he has great balance. This is evident when you watch Campbell make a save and then instantly square up to the rebound. Campbell is very active in the crease as he is good at moving side to side as well as skating out to take away angles and quickly retreating back to the net. Campbell’s confidence is obvious as he is in control of the game when the puck is in his end whether he is making a save, moving the puck, communicating with his defensemen or sensing when to take a face off.
The only knock on Campbell is that he is so confident in his ability to make the save, he can sometimes make it more difficult on himself. Rather than rely upon proper technique, Campbell can make saves through sheer athleticism. That will prove to be a valuable attribute (think Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Nicklas Lidstrom last year Game 7) but it won’t be enough for a long, successful career. The team who drafts Campbell will have to determine how to permit his swagger and confidence while developing his ability to recognize when to control it. If they are successful, Campbell’s track record suggests they will have drafted the goalie who can lead them to a Stanley Cup.
Pros: Sound techniques, great athleticism, mental toughness, ability to win big games
Cons: Makes easy saves more difficult
Skillset Comparison: Marc-Andre Fleury
Submitted by: Rich Michalowski of TheScoutingReport.org
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Jack Campbell in 2010 World Junior Championship Shootout vs Canada
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