We now have the full roster for who will be in attendance for the Vancouver Canucks at the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton this weekend.
The tournament begins on Friday and will see the Canucks play on Friday night as well as Sunday and Monday afternoon. Here’s what the schedule looks like for the weekend.
Friday: 7:30 pm vs Edmonton
Sunday: 2:00 pm vs Winnipeg
Monday: 2:30 vs Calgary
With the full roster being released, we now lock our eyes in on some of the interesting names that will be skating in blue and green. Let’s take a look at six of the Canucks’ players to watch at the Young Stars Tournament.
Jett Woo, RD, 6’0″, 205 lbs, 22 years old
After a season that had us wanting much more from the 2018 second-round pick, Jett Woo will likely be one of the top-four defencemen for the Canucks in this tournament. Woo has now played in 72 AHL games, including two playoff games as a forward.
Woo battled injuries last season and though he had a decent start to the season, he fell out of the Abbotsford Canucks’ defence corps and looked like the seventh defenceman by playoff time.
It’s the final year of his entry-level contract and he needs to prove that he can be a useful piece on the AHL roster. There was a lot of hope in Woo when he was drafted and he showed pretty well in his rookie season but didn’t take a step in development last season and continued to struggle with his puck-handling and skating.
We really like the profile of how Woo plays defence. He is a physical right-shot defenceman who loves to stick up for his teammates and is willing to drop the gloves when the situation presents itself. Though last season wasn’t a good one for Woo, he did show elevated confidence when it came to being physical in a pro league.
The Young Stars tournament is a great spot for Woo to continue to develop his confidence. He is one of the players with the most pro games played on this Canucks roster and should be looked at as one of the leaders on defence.
Woo has a lot to prove this season and his year can kick off with a bang if he has a good tournament.
Linus Karlsson, RW, 6’1″, 194 lbs, 22 years old
Speaking of pro experience, Linus Karlsson has a bevy of it having spent the past four seasons in the Allsvenskan or SHL leagues.
There are high expectations for what Karlsson can bring to the ice here in North America, and it’s going to begin with how he shows at the Young Stars Tournament. If you’re able to find betting odds on who will lead the Canucks in points through the weekend, I’d sprinkle some cash on Karlsson.
Our expectation is that Karlsson is the trigger-man on the first power play unit and will be looked at as a player who is consistently in the top-six for the Young Stars group. We are really keen to see how he looks at five-on-five in this tournament. There are no worries in our minds that he will be a productive player on the power play, but his foot speed may limit what he can do at even-strength.
Foot-speed worries aside, expect to see the Swedish sniper be one of the most exciting players to watch in this tournament. He’s played against tough competition over the past four seasons and showed off some great hands at development camp. He should be a level above a lot of the teenagers that are in attendance and this is a tremendous opportunity to showcase his talents.
Danila Klimovich, RW, 6’2″, 205 lbs, 19 years old
One of the Canucks’ youngest stars at this tournament will be Danila Klimovich. The 2021 second-round pick is coming off his first pro season and looking to be more of an offensive producer in his sophomore year.
Klimovich should get to play near the top of the lineup at the Young Stars, which is a big change from the fourth-line minutes he received during his rookie season. The hope is that Klimovich can find more consistency this season and be better defensively.
The Young Stars is a good chance for Klimovich to grow his confidence and we hope to see him get some good shot attempts off at five-on-five as well as on the power play. Klimovich has a heck of a shot in practice but we haven’t seen it be used to its full potential in game-action. There should be more open ice and better opportunities at this tournament and Klimovich will have a chance to show off his talents in preparation for main camp and another AHL season.
Arturs Silovs, G, 6’3”, 200 lbs, 21 years old
After showing extremely well in the summer during international play, Arturs Silovs is primed to get a lot of AHL starts this coming season.
We’ve seen potential in Silovs’ game for a couple of years now and he will have the chance to be a shining star at Young Stars this weekend. After chatting with Ryan Johnson, he confirmed that Silovs should be the horse for the Canucks at this tournament.
We’re hoping to see Silovs continue to develop and if his season goes extremely well, it would be great to see him be the goaltender who leads the Abbotsford Canucks into the playoffs.
Chad Nychuk, LD, 6’1”, 194 lbs, 21 years old
After closing out his WHL career with 21 goals and 50 assists in 64 games with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Chad Nychuk is making the jump to the AHL with the Abbotsford Canucks.
We liked what we saw from Nychuk at Canucks development camp. He skates well, has some size and moves the puck well. This tournament gives him a chance to show the organization what he is all about. Having the AHL coaching staff behind the bench benefits Nychuk as they will be able to see what he can bring to a team in game-action.
Playing against top prospects and young AHLers from the other teams presents a challenge for Nychuk and we will be watching closely in how he skates with and against the players at this tournament.
Kirill Kudryavtsev, LD, 6’0”, 200 lbs, 18 years old
Though the Canucks don’t have a lot of 18-year-olds at this tournament, one of interest is 2022 seventh-round pick Kirill Kudryavtsev.
We didn’t get to see Kudryavtsev at Canucks development camp as he was unable to attend. This will be our first in-person viewing of the OHLer.
The quick scouting report on Kudryavtsev is that he does a good job of transitioning through the neutral zone and possesses high skill at breaking the puck out of his own zone.
He’s one of the youngest players on the Canucks’ roster and we expect to see him at the Young Stars for the next couple of years. This will be his first team function for Kudryavtsev and we hope to see him fit in nicely before he heads back to the Soo Greyhounds for his second OHL season.
This wraps up the six prospects we are keen to watch at this weekend’s Young Stars Classic. We will keep you covered throughout the tournament with coverage from Penticton.