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The Man Behind the Mask: Goaltender Jack Campbell

Former first-round pick has found his game in the LA Kings organization

by Jesse Cohen @KingsMenPodcast /

As Jonathan Quick closes in on his 500th career game, he continues to show the importance for an NHL team to have an elite level goaltender.

Tweet from @InGoalMedia: Did you miss this last night? Jon Quick sure didn't. He stops it with the bottom of his skate, defying logic and biology. Save of the year?

From 2006 to 2008, the Kings used 11 different goaltenders.

Over the next eight seasons, the Kings have called into action just eight goalies.

Dating back to his breakout season of 2008-09, Quick has been the de facto starting net minder for the Kings, appearing in 75 percent of games prior to the start of this season.

When it was clear that Quick would be sidlined for the majority of 2016-17, the Kings weren't the only team impacted.

With Peter Budaj filling in for Quick in LA, the Ontario Reign had to turn to the newly acquired Jack Campbell.

Tweet from @YahooSportsNHL: No. 11 pick in 2010 draft dealt for depth defender: Stars trade Jack Campbell, aka. goalie of the future, to Kings.

Once touted as the "Goalie of the Future" for the Dallas Stars, Campbell erased any concerns with a strong opening night performance.

Tweet from @ontarioreign: Jack. Campbell. 36-save shutout to open the season!

As Reign Insider Lindsay Czarnecki noted, this is "a whole new Jack Campbell."

After splitting time between the AHL and ECHL in 2015-16, Campbell has been asked to play the lion's share of games in Ontario. So far, he has appeared in 49 of the club's 62 games and represented the team at the AHL All-Star Game.

Tweet from @ReignInsider: Quick post: @ontarioreign goalie Jack Campbell added to @TheAHL All-Star roster

Campbell continued to impress at All-Star Weekend as he went a perfect 5-for-5 in the breakaway challenge during the Skills Competition.

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Whether it's his work with goalie coach Dusty Imoo, escaping the pressure of being a first-round pick (11th overall) in Dallas, or just something in the air in Ontario, Campbell has put together a solid season for the Reign and is confident that he can continue to improve.

Watch: Youtube Video

As long as he continues putting up saves like this one, fans in both Ontario and Los Angeles will have reason to remember the name Jack Campbell.

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