Port Huron native Jack Campbell was picked 11th by the Dallas Stars in the first round of the NHL Draft on Friday. Campbell was the first goalie and first American-born player selected during the draft.
For University of Michigan hockey fans, this pick is a little bittersweet. Campbell had been committed to play hockey at Michigan for quite some time, but he ultimately decided to go play in the OHL instead. Campbell explained that he didn't want to go to Michigan for only a year and then leave early on in his career. As a Michigan hockey fan, I would have been more than happy with getting a year out of Campbell, as he truly is one of the top young goalies in all of hockey.
It isn't expected that Campbell will immediately make the jump to the NHL or anything, but if he lives up to his potential, he probably will be suiting up for the Stars in a few years at the most.
For more on Campbell, check out his interview with SB Nation's Atlanta Thrashers blog.