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Young Stars preview: Canucks vs. Jets

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks look to hit the win column at the 2014 Young Stars tournament as they take on the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday afternoon in Penticton, BC.

The game can be seen live on starting at 2:00 p.m.

It will be a big night for Okanagan product Jackson Whistle as he gets the start between pipes for the Canucks. The Kelowna, BC product has played the last two seasons with the Kelowna Rockets after starting his junior career with the Vancouver Giants.

There will be no changes up front as the Canucks only have 12 healthy forwards available. Based on practice Saturday, it looks like Nicklas Jensen will start the game on a line alongside Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk, while Dane Fox was skating with Curtis Valk and Michael Zalewski.

Mackenze Stewart, the Canucks seventh round pick in 2014, will make his Young Stars debut on the blue-line tonight.

The Canucks will face a Jets roster that has a lot of skill, including 2014 first round pick Nikolaj Ehlers, 2013 first-rounder Josh Morissey and WHL superstar Nic Petan.

The Jets also have a handful of players that spent last season in the American Hockey League. Defenceman Brenden Kichton, who registered 240 points in his last three seasons in the WHL, is a player to keep an eye on after he put up a solid 48 points in his rookie campaign in the AHL last year. Adam Lowry, son of former Canucks forward Dave Lowry, is also coming off a solid rookie season in the AHL along with former Kamloops Blazer, JC Lipon.

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