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2011 Young Stars: Edmonton Oilers

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames



Drafted in the 2nd round (40th overall) in 2009

An extremely intelligent two-way player, Anton Lander can deliver at both ends of the rink. He'll annoy the opposition to no end by picking off passes in the neutral zone, coming in hard on the backcheck and dominating the faceoff circle. While he's more of a defence-first minded player, he still can put the puck in the back of the net. He potted 11 goals and 26 points in 49 games with Timra IK-Sweden last season. Lander is also a vocal leader. His voice will be heard in the locker room and his play on the ice inspires the whole bench.



 Drafted in the 2nd round (31st overall) in 2010

Another center ice man to watch is 19 year-old Tyler Pitlick. The 2010 second round draft pick's first season in the WHL can only be described as a success. He managed 27 goals and 62 points with the Medicine Hat Tigers and worked extremely hard on the defensive side of his game. Pitlick is excellent in the faceoff circle and his quick release will keep both defenders and goaltenders on their toes whenever he has the puck. During his time with the Tigers, he showcased his ability to take over a game with shere will and he'll be looking to demonstrate that once again with the Oilers brass in the stands.



Drafted in the 2nd round (31st overall) in 2011

At 6-foot-3 and 196 lbs, David Musil adds a hulking physical presence to the Oilers blueline. The 18 year-old is a steady defenceman who can be relied upon to play in all situations. His gap control is excellent and he has an active stick that will limit his opposition's chances at getting a good shot off. He isn't an offensive blueliner but he can chip in thanks to his booming shot. Look for him to be matched up against the Flames top two lines tonight.

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