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03-29-2012, 12:48 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
The Sault wasn't an awful team, but it wasn't exactly a stellar team either. They were mediocre, the kid took a risk trading for a big-name goaltender and it didn't really change the fact they were a mediocre team. He paid a lot, but it was in futures, so time will tell. Campbell didn't stink there, but he didn't exactly light the league on fire either.
The team he played for in Windsor, however, was still fairly solid.
I think the Stars' expectations for Campbell were higher than they should have been going into the draft, and he's been about the prospect I expected him to be — a decent goalie who may crack an NHL lineup some day and have some success, but not necessarily a can't-miss.
Here's the thing that bothered me and still bothers me about it. This is a goalie who didn't play a whole season with traveling and ups and downs, etc. before playing in the World Juniors the year they won gold, most of the looks any teams got on him were in short competitions — and even then, the U.S. started Lee in the games that mattered even if Campbell was strong in relief. Especially at the goaltending position, the litmus test has to be more than a small sampling of games.
Add in the fact that you've already got Bachman and Besko in the system, it's a dumb pick unless you believe the kid can play at that peak level at all times because you've just devalued what you have.
I still would have taken Fowler, and if having him would have stopped that awful trade of James Neal that's even more reason to be concerned.
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