Jack Campbell in net with the Bakersfield Condors.
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Jack Campbell gives up the worst goal possible in AHL

Published March 19, 2024 at 8:34 PM

Now this is something I guarantee you've never seen - and of course it happened to Jack Campbell. In tonight's AHL Bakersfield Condors game, Campbell got the start and was faced with a penalty shot less than five minutes into the game. Campbell made the initial save, but the bounce afterwards was something else.

The puck shot up directly in the air, and thinking he made the save, Campbell relaxed. At the last second he noticed the puck falling back behind him. At that moment it was too late, and the puck deflected straight off of him and into the net, only turning his head in time to see the puck go in. Sure, it may be just an unlucky or bad goal, but it's the kind of thing that happens way too often with him.

Despite this bad goal, Jack Campbell has actually turned around his game in recent months in the AHL. He was still floundering when he was first sent down, but is now posting a respectable 2.60 GAA and .920 save percentage through 28 games.

Still, even if Jack Campbell turns it around and posts 10 straight shutouts in the AHL, the Edmonton Oilers could not rely on him enough to warrant a call up or another chance next year - except in case of disastrous injuries. No matter what, the Oilers will try their best to get out of Campbell's contract of $5M for the next three years - whether it be paying a premium in trade or a financial penalty with a buyout.
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Jack Campbell gives up the worst goal possible in AHL

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