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Stars, Kings swap U.S.-born prospects on final day of draft

The Stars traded minor league goalie Jack Campbell to the Los Angeles Kings for defenseman Nick Ebert on Satruday.
The Stars traded minor league goalie Jack Campbell to the Los Angeles Kings for defenseman Nick Ebert on Satruday. Star-Telegram

The Dallas Stars traded goaltender Jack Campbell to the Los Angeles Kings for defenseman Nick Ebert in a swap of American-born prospects.

The deal reached on the final day of the NHL draft Saturday gives Dallas more youth in a strong group of young defensemen, led by John Klingberg.

The Stars traded Campbell six years after drafting him 11th overall when the Michigan native was 18. He appeared in one game for Dallas in October 2013. He had a 56-43-10 record with a 2.73 goals-against average in 122 regular-season games with the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Ebert, 22, appeared in 44 games for Ontario in the AHL, getting 12 points (two goals, 10 assists).

The completed their draft Saturday, taking Swedish center Fredrik Karstrom in the third round with the 90th pick; center Rhett Bardner of North Dakota in the fourth round (116); goalie Colton Point, who played for Carleton Place of the CCHL, with the first of two picks in the fifth round (128), and right winger Nicholas Caamano of Flint in OHL with the second (146). Dallas wraped up the draft by taking defenseman Jakob Stenqvist of Sweden.

On Friday, Dallas selected 6-foot-5, 211-pound left winger Riley Tufte of Blaine, Minn., with the 25th overall pick.

None of the six picks the Stars made this weekend are expected to make an immediate impact.

“We have to have young kids coming in our cap system.” Stars general manager Jim Nill told the team’s website. “If we get two or three players out of every draft, we are going to be in a good position. We are leaving here happy. It’s going to take a lot of hard work from the players now, a lot of work from our development team. Most of these kids are two, three, four, five years away. You can’t break that chain. We continue that.”

Stars’ draft picks

Picks listed by round (overall), player, position, last team, league.

1. (25) Riley Tufte, LW, Blaine HS (Minnesota HS)

3. (90) Fredrik Karlstrom, C, AIK Jr. (Sweden)

4. (116) Rhett Gardner, C, North Dakota (NCHC)

5. (128) Colton Point, G, Carleton Place (CCHL)

5. (146) Nicholas Caamano, RW, Flint (OHL)

6. (176) Jakob Stenqvist, D, Modo Jr. (Sweden)

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