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Three players to keep an eye on in today's rookie match-up

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

The Flames will head to the ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer on Wednesday to battle with the Edmonton Oilers in the second tilt in their two-game rookie series. 

Game time is set for 7 p.m. and will be live-streamed on, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Calgary took the opening game of the rookie series on Sunday, downing the Oilers 7-3 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Here are three players to keep an eye on in Red Deer:

Dillon Dube - Centre

The pivot was named the first star in Sunday's rout over the Oilers, putting up a goal and an assist while centering the team's top line. He also played on the Flames' top powerplay unit, comprised of Andrew Mangiapane, Spencer Foo, Brett Pollock, and Oliver Kylington.

Dube's speed is one of his best assets and it was on display throughout Sunday's tilt. He was constantly on the puck, carrying the play and keeping defenders on their heels as he buzzed around the offensive zone. Thanks to his speed and exemplementry vision, he propelled his line - Mangiapane and Foo flanking him - to combine for five points.

Brett Pollock - Left Wing

The winger had himself quite the outing on Sunday, posting two goals and an assist while playing alongside Glenn Gawdin and Matthew Phillips. Like Dube, he also found himself on the club's top powerplay unit throughout the match-up.

A 25+ goal scorer in all three of his final WHL seasons, Pollock has been able to develop that offensive flair at the professional level over the past two years. He's an aggressive forechecker, making the most of the opportunities he creates in the offensive zone. He's also a strong skater, moving at a good clip and getting himself in prime scoring areas.

Oliver Kylington - Defence

The 21-year-old blueliner logged a ton of ice time on Sunday, playing a top-four role while skating alongside Jake Christiansen (tryout - Everett Silvertips). After working on rounding his game over the past few years in Stockton, head coach Cail MacLean didn't hesitate to use him in all situations.

Kylington is a tremendous skater, allowing him to leap up into the play to take on an offensive role on the forecheck and also swoop back into his own zone if needed. He has put a lot of work into developing his defensive game and those efforts have paid off. He made smart, effective decisions in his own zone and his positioning and stick work have made significant strides.

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