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Young Stars Preview: Edmonton

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

Who knew a single draft year could have such an impact on an organization?

In 1979 the Edmonton Oilers used selections in rounds 1, 3 and 4 to pick Kevin Lowe, Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson. What a haul.

Lowe, Messier and Anderson helped the Oilers to five Stanley Cup Championships from 1984-1990; the franchise will forever be grateful for these three draftees (and some Wayne Gretzky guy, he may have helped win a few cups as well…) and Edmonton might look back on three recent first round picks with the same admiration.

There’s a very good chance that a big part of Edmonton’s Young Stars roster, namely Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi and Taylor Hall, will end up playing a big part in Edmonton’s regular season in 2010-11.

Each offers something unique when on the ice and together they make the Oilers the team to beat throughout the tournament.

You want to be in Penticton to check out the Oilers, but: A – Your bike was stolen, B – You have a flat tire on your car, C – You’ve misplaced your GPS or D – You can only find one rollerblade, well don’t sweat it. As usual, has your back.

All eight games of the Young Stars Tournament will be available live on beginning September 12th. Full details on the Young Stars Tournament can be found at

Jordan Eberle

F - Drafted 1st round, 22nd overall, in 2008 – Eberle has yet to make an impact on the NHL stage, but he’s already made quite a name for himself internationally. Remember the forward who scored two goals and added a shootout goal to advance to the World Junior Final in 2009, which Canada won? Eberle. What about the player who scored two goals with less than three minutes to play to force overtime in the 2010 World Junior Final? Eberle. He’s a heads up player with solid hands and despite average speed and strength, his heart makes him a force to reckon with.

Taylor Hall

F - Drafted 1st round, 1st overall, in 2010 – Dominant. Hall has been so since he was 13-years-old winning the Bantam AAA Calgary city championship and every family shinny game ever. This tremendously skilled forward is a leader who lets his game do the talking and back-to-back Memorial Cup Championships and two tournament MVP awards gets the point across loud and clear. There was never any doubt the Oilers would take him first overall at the 2010 Draft and we'll all see why soon.

Magnus Paajarvi

F - Drafted 1st round, 10th overall, in 2009 – Outside of competing in a pair of World Junior Hockey Championships, Paajarvi has yet to appease fans in North America with his Swedish talent. Offensively Paajarvi has it all: speed, skill, sound decision making and creativity; he’s also not shy about exploring the tough areas to make things happen. His shot, wrist or slap, can be a dagger for the opposition. That and he has his own website, what more do you want from the guy?


Johan Motin

D - Drafted 4th round, 103rd overall, in 2008 – With one NHL game played to his credit, Motin leads all Oilers hopefuls in that category with the exception of Alex Plante, who has four. He was called up for a reason - he’s a defensive defenceman that can be counted on for consistent, safe play. He’ll be a beast when he starts to throw his weight around.


Ryan Martindale

F - Drafted 3rd round, 61st overall, in 2010 – Martindale put up the fourth most points of any Oilers prospect last season, 60 with the OHL’s Ottawa 67's. That was a career-high output for the forward as he only had 64 points in the previous two seasons combined. When he’s on his game, don’t underestimate Martindale's skillz (yes, with a z) with the puck.

Vancouver vs Edmonton Sept. 12 4:00pm
San Jose vs Anaheim Sept. 12 7:30pm
Anaheim vs Calgary Sept. 13 4:00pm
San Jose vs Vancouver Sept. 13 7:30pm
Calgary vs Edmonton Sept. 14 7:30pm
Anaheim vs Vancouver Sept. 15 4:00pm
Edmonton vs San Jose Sept. 15 7:30pm
Calgary vs Vancouver Sept. 16 12:00pm

Tournament packages, which include a ticket to each of the eight games, will be available for purchase, starting at $66 plus applicable fees.

Tournament ticket packages will go on-sale June 26 at 10am online at, by phone at 1-877-763-2849 or in person at the South Okanagan Events Centre box office. Single game tournament tickets will be made available starting August 16th at 10am. Please note that game dates, times and opponents subject to change. More info.

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