The Oilers rookies will look to stay perfect at the Young Stars Classic as they take on the 2017-18 punching bag also known as the Vancouver Canucks.
Despite the fact that there are no Connor McDavid/Leon Draisaitl/first overall picks on this year’s rookie tournament roster, the Edmonton Oilers are rolling through Penticton with a path of destruction in their wake. In the first two games, the Oilers have outscored their opponents 7-2 and have looked much more in tune with each other than their opponents have been. Maybe I’m being biased (read: probably), but I see more precision and standout goaltending coming out of Edmonton than anywhere else. Often times these rookie tournaments can be a little bit sloppy, but the young Oilers are working their way through the weeds with focus and polish.
Edmonton will wrap up the Young Stars Classic against a Vancouver Canucks rookie team that won against Winnipeg in the opener but got trounced against Calgary yesterday. While there are no trophies given out for sweeping the Young Stars tournament, the Oilers will look be looking to maintain their 9-0-2 undefeated streak that goes back to 2014 (they’re 13-5-2 all-time). Even though these games don’t necessarily mean anything in terms of who wins and loses, you know that the young Oilers will want to finish on a high note as they look ahead to the main camp that’s coming up later this week. Besides, no one wants to be the team that ended a multi-year tournament winning streak.
The game starts at 3:00pm MST and you’ll be able to find it streaming on the Oilers site.
Gambardella – Butcher – Yamamoto
Pawlenchuk – Szypula – Safin
Polei – Bauer – Coleman
Maksimov – Glover – Wolansky
Jones – Mantha
Paigin – Khaira
Schioler – Strand
Note that these are the lines from yesterday’s game against Calgary. At the time of posting, the Canucks hadn’t put out anything yet but I will update as news comes out.
Molino – McKenzie – Boeser
Gadjovich – MacEwan – Lind
Carcone – Corneil – D’Aoust
Stukel – Moynihan – Laplante
Juolevi – Irving
Brisebois – Candella
Stewart – Barberis
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING…
There isn’t a lot to talk away from a prospect tournament game that falls over the rails. But credit should be given to players who were able to rise about that. For the Canucks, Yan-Pavel Laplante, Boeser, and Molino were the notable players. Otherwise, the players disappeared into the background or struggled.
Coach Trent Cull had no update on the injuries to Aaron Irving or Zack MacEwen but described them as upper body injuries that will be re-evaluated.
After two games, Brett McKenzie (0-3-3) and Kole Lind (1-2-3) leading the Canucks in scoring.