Our Matt Gunning, of Thrashers blog Bird Watchers Anonymous, caught up with top goaltending prospect Jack Campbell in Los Angeles on Thursday. Here's a bit of the interview between Campbell and the rest of the media, including BWA.
BWA: At the WJC what was your thought process as you started that game on the bench and then got on the ice in relief?
JC: I was a little disappointed that I didn't get to start any of the games in the playoff round, but I worked hard in practice and was a good teammate. Mike got us to that final game and when the team needed me to step up my preparation really paid off and I had some success.
Q: You've said you want to make the NHL as quick as possible, what would be a timetable for you?
JC: It is up the organization that drafts me of course. My goal is to be in there right away. I've been writing goals on my wall since I was eleven years old and the only one I haven't accomplished was not winning the Under-17 Challenge last year. I'm going to continue to shoot for the stars and hopefully my hard work will pay off.
Q: E.J. McGuire of Central Scouting had a quote that you're "never lost a big game"--in your mind have you lost a big game?
JC: Yes, the Under-17Challenge, we were lost to [Team] Pacific and I really learned from that. I was too focused on beating [Team] Ontario in the Finals and I sorta of forgot I had to win the semi-finals game.
BWA: Can you talk about your choice to play for the US National Development team? Did you have other options on the table?
JC: Yes, the other option was the OHL. But I really wanted to be in that USA uniform since I was 14 years old, so I knew which [route] I would take if I made Team USA.
Q: What went into your decision to go to Windsor in the OHL next year?
JC: There were quite a few: the number of games, the NHL-style playoffs, playing for Coach Boughner and Mr. Rychel--they know what it takes to get to that next level--and then the [quality of] the team we're going to have next year. Some great teammates, we're going to have a lot of fun. Also the community, it will be a lot of fun to play in that atmosphere.
BWA: Can you talk about your teammates on the USNDT? You spend a lot of time in practice and most goalies have that one teammate who gives them a rough time, anyone like that on your team?
JC: One of my best friends on the team Bryan Ross. He's a really solid player and he should go high in the draft. We also kid around on the ice and for some reason he always has more number more than anyone else--it drives me crazy.
Q: How many interviews have you had?
JC: I've met with 26 teams--basically everybody.
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