Jack Campbell was pumped about his first game wearing a Dallas Stars uniform. It didn’t go as he had hoped. Six minutes into Campbell’s debut for the Stars at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan, three pucks had already gotten by him. Those three goals came in a 1:00 span. By the end of the first period, he and his teammates were down 4-1. When the night was over it was a 6-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
“I’m disappointed. I let my nerves get the best of me too often tonight and I kind of let the team down,” Campbell, the Stars 1st round pick (11th overall) in this summer’s draft, said after the game. “I am looking forward to that next start and hopefully helping the guys out the best I can.”
For the game, Campbell made 32 saves on 38 shots. He got stronger as the game went along and stopped 25 of 27 shots over the final two periods.
“Once I settled down after the first period I felt like I belonged out there and helped out the team the best I could,” Campbell said. “At the same time, it’s not easy to accept that game. … Overall, I think I learned a lot and I think it’s going to make me better.”
Texas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan, who is guiding the Stars prospects at the tournament, said the play in front of Campbell was the bigger problem in the game.
“We didn’t play very well,” Gulutzan said. “We went over our defensive zone coverage here. Maybe it was different than some of these guys have played or maybe I didn’t explain it to them well enough. We were a little suspect in our defensive zone coverage.
“It cost us some Grade A chances. When you give up 10, 20 Grade A chances you are going to get some goals against you no matter how many saves your goalie makes. … [Campbell] saw quality rubber. There’s a difference between shots and quality shots and he got the majority of quality shots.”
Right wing Tomas Vincour scored the lone goal for the Stars, tallying on a wrap-around in the first period that cut Detroit’s lead in the game to 3-1.
The Stars play St. Louis Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Central time.
Line combinations/defense pairings
Forward line combinations and defensive pairings used by the Dallas Stars vs.
Detroit in Saturday's game at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City