The Vancouver Canucks will host the 2018 Young Stars Tournament this year but with a slightly different look.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) May 9, 2018
This is the 8th annual event in Penticton and is usually a highlight for fans to see their up and coming stars partcipate.
The schedule for the tournament is as follows:
GAME TEAMS DATE TIME
Game 1 UBC vs University of Alberta Sept. 7 4:00pm
Game 2 Vancouver vs. Winnipeg Sept. 7 7:30pm
Game 3 UBC vs University of Alberta Sept. 8 6:00 pm
Game 4 Vancouver vs. Winnipeg Sept. 9 2:00pm
The noticeable change is that the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames will not be participating this year, leaving just the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks to take part.
There had been some chatter that the event would be moved entirely to another location as some of the other participants wanted to play host to it. This leads me to believe that we may see an Alberta tournament of some sort announced in the coming weeks as the Oilers and Flames look to bring it closer to home.
It’s worth noting that Flames are heading to China for some pre-season games, so that might’ve played into their decision.
Regardless, the Canucks should have an exciting crop of prospects there as they included a list of expected prospects there:
Canucks prospects expected to participate in the tournament include Adam Gaudette, Jonathan Dahlen, Olli Juolevi, Kole Lind, Lukas Jasek, Jonah Gadjovich, Zack MacEwen, Jalen Chatfield, Guillaume Brisebois and Michael DiPietro.
One notable omission is Elias Pettersson, which isn’t surprising given that he hasn’t signed an entry-level contract. If he does sign prior to Young Stars, I would expect that he would be at least considered to be added to the roster. Thatcher Demko won’t participate as well due to professional games played.
It is unfortuante that the event will only feature two NHL teams as it was always an exciting weekend that was filled with great hockey. It was a fantastic kick start to the Canucks season that put the spotlight on the prospects for a couple of days.