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Patience paying off for Jack Campbell

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Goaltender Jack Campbell may or may not play during his call up to the Dallas Stars, but the fact that he was called up from the Texas Stars on Tuesday is a sign that his learning to be patient is starting to pay some dividends.

The highly competitive Campbell, who at one time was always in a hurry to climb the development ladder, has learned to slow things down a bit and absorb some lessons. Lessons that have helped make him a better goaltender and earned him his first NHL stint.

“With Jack it is a process. To get to the NHL and become an elite goaltender, you have to climb that step. There is no jumping those steps,” Stars goaltending coach Mike Valley said. “When you are young and newly drafted, you want to get there as quick as you can. You get to a point where you start realizing, wait a second, it doesn’t work that way. I do have to learn my lessons, I do have to have the ups and downs, I do have to continue to learn. That’s what he went through.”

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