Nill: Jack Campbell needs to play 60 games and continue his growth

Jack Campbell makes a pass earlier this season. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Jack Campbell makes a pass earlier this season. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Jack Campbell and Philippe Desrosiers are going to get a heavy work load next season.

Potentially 60 games for each.

Campbell will be the starter for the Texas Stars, while Desrosiers is expected to carry the load in the ECHL with the Idaho Steelheads.

“Jack Campbell is still young and needs to play lots of hockey,” Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a media conference call Monday. “He needs to play 60 games and continue his growth.”

Nill had similar thoughts on Desrosiers.

“We need our young goalies playing,” Nill said. “It’s a big jump from junior hockey.”

While minor-league starters were named Monday, there are still some question marks surrounding the back-up role in Texas and Idaho.

Dallas still has Henri Kiviaho and Maxime Lagace under contract. Neither impressed enough last season with Idaho to earn an AHL look, meaning Texas will likely have to sign an AHL-contracted goalie sometime this summer.

“We’ll see what we have and figure that out,” Nill said.

It wasn’t an exact timeline, but Nill indicated he would watch Desrosiers in development camp next week and the organization will then “go from there.”

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