For some, Monday will be the last chance to catch the eyes of coaches and management as the Vancouver Canucks close out the 2015 Young Stars Classic against the Calgary Flames, in a game that can be seen live on Canucks.com starting at 3:30 p.m.
“Everyone always says first impressions are important and last impressions are important,” said Canucks winger, Brendan Gaunce. “Things like that come into my mind because I want to leave a lasting impression on not only my teammates, but the coaching staff and management because this is a tournament you can kind of do that to yourself and give yourself a little space because you came ready and came prepared to play.”
Gaunce picked up his club-leading third point of the tournament on Sunday afternoon as the Canucks were convincing 4-1 winners over the Winnipeg Jets.
Vancouver will have to deal with a big Calgary lineup that features four skaters standing 6-foot-5 and over, including defenceman Keegan Kanzig and forward Hunter Smith, who both measure 6-foot-7.
Look for both teams to split their goaltending duties. Jackson Whistle and Clay Witt are expected to each play half of the game, while the Flames will go with Jon Gillies for two periods and Nick Schneider for the final frame.
The Flames are coming off a 6-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. They saw their 3-1 lead disappear after surrendering four goals in the final period. Calgary skated away with a 3-1 win over the Jets in their opener on Friday night.
Bill Arnold and Andrew Mangiapane lead the Flames through two games with a goal and assist apiece.