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Jonah Gadjovich and Matt Brassard scoring in the final five

Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:42 am
by elvafeng
PENTICTON , B.C. — Here’s what we clearly know after the Edmonton Oilers continued to treat the annual Young Stars September tournament here like a Ho vs. Hum exercise, winning all three of their games running their record over the last four years of the prospects event to 10 0 2.

1. They’ve got absolutely no issues in their pipeline with goalies with their recent draft picks Dylan Wells and Stuart http://www.oilerscoolhockey.com/laurent-brossoit-jersey-c-20.html Skinner, who are both trying to make Canada’s world junior team to back up Sherwood Park’s Carter Hart, and college free agent Shane Starrett, 23, who left the Air Force Academy after two years there with a goals against average of 1.96.

2. Centre Chad Butcher chewed up the opposition with seven points in the wins over the Calgary Flames http://www.oilerscoolhockey.com/kris-russell-jersey-c-19.html, the Winnipeg Jets and the Vancouver Canucks, with three assists in the 5 4 overtime win over the Canucks on Monday. The 165 pound kid from Kamloops, B.C., who played five years in the Western Hockey League with the Medicine Hat Tigers, looks like a find the Oilers’ farm affiliate in Bakersfield, certainly a top nine forward.


Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko makes a save while Olli Juolevi holds off Edmonton Oilers forward Chad Butcher right during NHL rookie tournament action at the Young Stars Classic held at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, B.C., Sept. 11, 2017.
3. Winger Kailer Yamamoto had a quiet first game against Calgary last Friday but showed why he was their first pick in the June draft in a buzzing shift in the second period against Vancouver on Monday that Joe Gambardella turned into his first goal, then set him up again later in the period. Yamamoto, who took some punishment in front of the net on Gambardella’s first goal, was robbed late in the third by Michael Garteig’s leg stop. He may look more dangerous on the bigger Oilers stage with better players in NHL exhibitions.


4. Gambardella, who had the ninth most points 52 and second most game winning goals seven last year in U.S. college hockey at UMass Lowell, looks like he’ll be a top six forward on the American Hockey League farm. He can play centre or wing, and he’s got a strong work ethic. He got into six late season games in Bakersfield with three points.

5. The Oilers’ fourth and fifth round draft picks Ostap Safin and Kirill Maksimov both scored in the win Monday, but Maksimov with a terrific individual effort was much stronger over the three games. His winner came as he burst down the left side and hammered one past Michael Garteig from the slot.

6. The Oilers have four young defencemen in Caleb Jones http://www.oilerscoolhockey.com/leon-draisaitl-jersey-c-21.html, Ethan Bear, Ryan Mantha and Ziyat Paigin, who blew a shot past Thatcher Demko on Monday, but is there room for them all on the farm with Keegan Lowe, Dillon Simpson and, perhaps, Ryan Stanton there, too?


Vancouver Canucks forward Jonah Gadjovich, right, tries to check Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ryan Mantha off the puck during NHL rookie tournament action at the Young Stars Classic in Penticton, B.C., on Sept. 11, 2017.
After Wells beat Calgary 4 2 and Skinner shut out Winnipeg 3 0, the six foot five Starrett, who’ll likely be the starter in ECHL Wichita to kick off his pro journey, was left on his own far too often, facing 29 shots over the first 40 minutes and 46 over the three periods as the Canucks rallied with Jonah Gadjovich and Matt Brassard scoring in the final five minutes of the third.

“First game since March,” said the tired Starrett, who enrolled at Air Force to serve in the military after school but will now be serving the Oilers, likely in Wichita while Nick Ellis and Eddie Pasquale mind the store in AHL Bakersfield.

“The expectations coming into this one were probably higher for me … I did my best to keep the team in it because I knew we’d battle back.”

Starrett finished up his sophomore year but didn’t sign on for two more years of school and the military. “I thought there wouldn’t be too much time for a hockey career if I did that,” said the Massachusetts native. “I didn’t think of that so much when I first went there.”

Starrett had no chance on Canucks’ AHL farmhand Michael Carcone’s two goals, then sat back as Gambardella, Paigin, Safin and Maksimov scored.

ON THE BENCH — The Oilers promised every player on their Young Guns roster they would get two games minimum, so they sat Bear and fellow defenceman William Lagesson and Dmitri Samorukov … Gambardella Benoit Pouliot Jersey, Evan Polei, Butcher, Trey Fix Wolansky and Maksimov played all three games up front. No one on defence did … Polei had the only Oilers fight of the tournament, going at it with ECHLer Stewart MacKenzie. No real damage on either side