2017 Young Stars Classic Rosters

The 2017 Young Stars Classic, hosted by the Vancouver Canucks, kicks off this weekend in Penticton. The tournament pits the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and Winnipeg Jets prospects against the Canucks. Each team plays each other once in an exhibition round-robin format.

In the past, there have been some notable names, especially in the 2015 tournament when the Edmonton Oilers iced a lineup with Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Darnell Nurse. The stars of tomorrow are here, and this year’s tournament isn’t without its star power.

Darnell Nurse & Connor McDavid (Photo Credit: Connor Mah/Flickr)

As Larry Fisher put it, there’s plenty of talent in this tournament. The host Canucks might have the best trio of prospects with Thatcher Demko, Brock Boeser, and Olli Juolevi. Vancouver would’ve been deeper had Jonathan Dahlen not caught mono before the tournament’s start.

The deepest team might be the Calgary Flames who’ve got several notable prospects led by two first round picks, Juuso Valimaki and Mark Jankowski. Then there’s the Oilers who’ve got Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones, Kailer Yamamoto and Dylan Wells. Let’s not forget the Jets who’ve got a towering blueliner in Logan Stanley and an offensive dynamo in Jansen Harkins.

Hockey fans are in for plenty of entertainment this weekend. Fans can catch the action streaming on each participating team’s websites.

Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames have arguably the deepest goaltending prospect pool in the NHL. To go along with future starter Jon Gillies, the Flames have Mason McDonald, Tyler Parsons and Nick Schneider in their pipeline. Parsons and Schneider turn pro this season.

The Flames will also showcase their 2017 first round pick Juuso Valimaki. Calgary signed Valimaki to an entry-level contract this summer and if he doesn’t land one of the final spots on Calgary’s defense, he’ll be one of the WHL’s premier blueliners in 2017-18.

Juuso Valimaki
Juuso Valimaki (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Other notable draft picks in the tournament include Rasmus Andersson, Dillon Dube, Mark Jankowski, Brett Pollock, and Hunter Smith who bring plenty of firepower. The organization will also be showcasing Spencer Foo. If you remember, Calgary and Edmonton were in a bidding war for the college free agent.

POS Player (Age) 2016-17 Club Status
G Mason McDonald (21) Adirondack (ECHL) 2014 2nd Round
G Tyler Parsons (20) London (OHL) 2016 2nd Round
G Nick Schneider (20) Medicine Hat (WHL) FA Signing (2015)
D Rasmus Andersson (20) Stockton (AHL) 2015 2nd Round
D Kayle Doetzel (22) Stockton (AHL) AHL Contract
D Josh Healey (24) Ohio State (NCAA) FA Signing (2017)
D Tyson Helgesen (20) Spokane (WHL) Invite
D Adam Ollas-Mattsson (21) Djurgardens (Sweden) 2014 6th Round
D Sam Ruopp (21) Prince George (WHL) Invite
D Juuso Valimaki Tri-City (WHL) 2017 1st Round
D Cliff Watson (23) Michigan Tech (NCAA) Invite
F Sam Dove-McFalls (20) Saint John (QMJHL) Invite
F Dillon Dube (19) Kelowna (WHL) 2016 2nd Round
F Zach Fischer (20) Medicine Hat (WHL) 2017 5th Round
F Spencer Foo (23) Union College (NCAA) FA Signing (2017)
F Glenn Gawdin (20) Swift Current (WHL) Invite
F Ben Hawerchuk (19) Barrie (OHL) Invite
F Mark Jankowski (23) Stockton (AHL) 2012 1st Round
F D’Artagnan Joly (18) Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 2017 6th Round
F Andrew Mangiapane (21) Stockton (AHL) 2015 6th Round
F Brad Morrison (20) Vancouver (WHL) Invite
F Matthew Phillips (19) Victoria (WHL) 2016 6th Round
F Brett Pollock (21) Adirondack (ECHL) 2014 2nd Round
F Mark Rassell (20) Medicine Hat (WHL) Invite
F Adam Ruzicka (18) Sarnia (OHL) 2017 4th Round
F Hunter Smith (21) Stockton (AHL) 2014 2nd Round

Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers roster is highlighted by a handful of notable prospects. Dylan Wells was one of the better goaltenders in the OHL last season with the Peterborough Petes. A trio of defensemen in Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones, and Ryan Mantha turn pro in 2017-18. These three will be fixtures on Edmonton’s AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors.

Ethan Bear (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

Then there’s the biggest name on the Oilers’ young, star roster: 2017 first round pick Kailer Yamamoto. The 18-year-old has an outside shot at making Edmonton’s opening night lineup this season. Failing that, Yamamoto could have a notable year in junior. He’s likely going to be on Team USA for the 2018 World Junior Championships and could lead the WHL in scoring.

POS Player (Age) 2016-17 Club Status
G Stuart Skinner (18) Lethbridge (WHL) 2017 3rd Round
G Shane Starrett (23) Air Force (NCAA) FA Signing (2017)
G Dylan Wells (19) Peterborough (OHL) 2016 5th Round
D Ethan Bear (20) Seattle (WHL) 2015 5th Round
D Caleb Jones (20) Portland (WHL) 2015 4th Round
D Sahvan Khaira (19) Swift Current (WHL) Invite
D William Lagesson (21) UMass Amherst (NCAA) 2014 4th Round
D Ryan Mantha (21) Niagara (OHL) FA Signing (2017)
D Ziyat Paigin (22) Ak Bars Kazan (KHL) 2015 7th Round
D Dmitri Samorukov (18) Guelph (OHL) 2017 3rd Round
D Liam Schioler (19) Regina (WHL) Invite
D Austrin Strand (20) Seattle (WHL) Invite
F Lane Bauer (21) Kamloops (WHL) Invite
F Tyler Benson (19) Vancouver (WHL) 2016 2nd Round
F Chad Butcher (21) Medicine That (WHL) AHL Contract
F Luke Coleman (19) Calgary (WHL) Invite
F Trey Fix-Wolansky (18) Edmonton (WHL) Invite
F Joe Gambardella (24) UMass-Lowell (NCAA) FA Signing (2017)
F Austin Glover (18) Edmonton (WHL) Invite
F Davis Koch (19) Edmonton (WHL) Invite
F Kirill Maksimov (18) Niagara (OHL) 2017 5th Round
F Steven Owre (21) Medicine Hat (WHL) Invite
F Grayson  Pawlenchuk (20) Red Deer (WHL) Invite
F Evan Polei (21) Red Deer (WHL) AHL Contract
F Ostap Safin (18) Sparta Praha (CZE) 2017 4th  Round
F Brandon Saigeon (19) Hamilton (OHL) Invite
F Ethan Szypula (20) Owen Sound (OHL) Invite
F Kailer Yamamoto (18) Spokane (WHL) 2017 1st Round

Vancouver Canucks

Similar to the Flames, the Vancouver Canucks have some gnarly goaltending prospects in their pipeline. Both Thatcher Demko and Michael DiPietro look to be notable building blocks for a Canucks team with questionable goaltending. Vancouver also has two players with the best chance of being NHL regulars this season in Olli Juolevi and Brock Boeser.

Juolevi was a former sixth-overall pick in 2016, while Boeser went 23rd the year before. Boeser played the last nine games of the season with the Canucks scoring four goals and five points.

Brock Boeser (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

The talent doesn’t stop there for Vancouver fans. Jonah Gadjovich and Kole Lind were both second round picks that look to have great futures ahead of them as Canucks. Gadjovich is a feisty power forward that put up 46 goals in the OHL in 2016-17. Lind was almost a first round pick after his 30 goals this season. He finished with 87 points and could be a top-six forward for the big club in the near future.

POS Player (Age) 2016-17 Club Status
G Thatcher Demko (21) Utica (AHL) 2014 2nd Round
G Michael DiPietro (18) Windsor (OHL) 2017 3rd Round
G Michael Garteig (25) Alaska (ECHL) AHL Contract
D Matt Barberis (19) Vancouver (WHL) Invite
D Matt Brassard (19) Oshawa (OHL) 2017 7th Round
D Guillaume Brisebois (20) Charlottetown (QMJHL) 2015 3rd Round
D Cole Candella (19) Hamilton (OHL) 2016 5th Round
D Jalen Chatfield (21) Windsor (OHL) FA Signing (2017)
D Aaron Irving (21) Edmonton (WHL) Invite
D Olli Juolevi (19) London (OHL) 2016 1st Round
D Mackenze Stewart (22) Alaska (ECHL) 2014 7th Round
F Brock Boeser (20) U. North Dakota (NCAA) 2015 1st Round
F Aaron Berisha (22) Saint Mary’s (USports) Invite
F Michael Carcone (21) Utica (AHL) FA Signing (2016)
F Johnny Corneil (20) Niagara (OHL) Invite
F Alexis D’Aoust (21) Shawinigan (QMJHL) AHL Contract
F Jonah Gadjovich (18) Owen Sound (OHL) 2017 2nd Round
F Yan-Pavel Laplante (22) Alaska (ECHL) 2013 3rd Round
F Kole Lind (18) Kelowna (WHL) 2017 2nd Round
F Aaron Luchuk (20) Windsor (OHL) Invite
F Zack MacEwen (21) Gatineau (QMJHL) FA Signing (2017)
F Brett McKenzie (20) North Bay (OHL) 2016 7th Round
F Griffen Molino (23) W. Michigan (NCAA) FA Signing (2017)
F Danny Moynihan (21) Alaska (ECHL) Invite
F Jakob Stukel (20) Calgary (WHL) 2016 6th Round

Winnipeg Jets

Outside of blue-chip defense prospect Logan Stanley, the Winnipeg Jets don’t have a whole lot of star power in this tournament. That being said, they do have some underrated players. Jansen Harkins is their best forward coming into the tournament and he’s flanked by some prolific scorers from the CHL last year.

Logan Stanley (Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

Skyler McKenzie, Michael Spacek and Tyler Boland all eclipsed the 80-point plateau in junior during the 2016-17 season. McKenzie and Spacek are both late round finds by Winnipeg’s scouting staff. Boland is an invitee, but he’s not the only notable one. Kameron Kielly scored 34 goals and 74 points for Charlottetown last year.

An interesting note is that forward Mathieu Sevigny played in this tournament last year, but with the Flames.

POS Player (Age) 2016-17 Club Status
G Mikhail Berdin (19) Sioux City (USHL) 2016 6th Round
G Cole Kehler (20) Portland (WHL) Invite
G Jamie Phillips (24) Tulsa (ECHL) 2012 7th Round
D Antoine Crete-Belzile (18) Blainville (QMJHL) Invite
D Leon Gawanke (18) Cape Breton (QMJHL) 2017 5th Round
D Luke Green (19) Sherbrooke (QMJHL) 2016 3rd Round
D Jake Kulevich (24) Colgate U. (NCAA) FA Signing (2017)
D Sami Niku (21) JYP (Finland) 2015 7th Round
D Tucker Poolman (24) U. North Dakota (NCAA) 2013 5th Round
D Logan Stanley (19) Windsor (OHL) 2016 1st Round
D Michael Webster (22) Wheeling (ECHL) Invite
F Mason Appleton (21) Michigan State (NCAA) 2015 6th Round
F Francis Beauvillier (24) UNB (CIS) FA Signing (2017)
F Tyler Boland (21) Rimouski (QMJHL) Invite
F Cristiano DiGiacinto (21) Windsor (OHL) Invite
F Jansen Harkins (20) Prince George (WHL) 2015 2nd Round
F Rickard Hugg (18) Leksands (Sweden) Invite
F Kameron Kielly (21) Charlottetown (QMJHL) Invite
F Kody McDonald (19) Prince George (WHL) Invite
F Skyler McKenzie (19) Portland (WHL) 2017 7th Round
F Kristian Reichel (19) Litvinov HC (Czech) Invite
F Mathieu Sevigny (19) Drummondville (QMJHL) Invite
F Michael Spacek (20) Red Deer (WHL) 2015 4th Round
F Jordy Stallard (20) Calgary/Prince Albert (WHL) 2016 5th Round