FLAMES (0-0-0) @ JETS (0-0-0-)
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Tournament series: The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets will kick off the 2016 Young Stars Classic with the first of three exhibition games for each team at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. Ryan Lomberg, Bryce van Brabant and Morgan Klimchuk scored to pace the Flames to a 3-1 win against the Jets in the tournament opener in 2015. Brendan Lemieux had the lone goal for the Jets. Calgary finished the exhibition with a 1-1-1 record; Winnipeg went 1-0-2.
Flames team scope: Several players will make consecutive appearances in the tournament for Calgary, including a pair of Swedish defencemen in Oliver Kylington and Rasmus Andersson. Both served as standouts for the Flames. “I think I feel much more prepared,” Kylington said. “Last year at this time I was more nervous and you didn’t know the guys. Now I feel more comfortable seeing everybody and being back. I know what to expect. It feels good to be back.” Newcomers Matthew Tkachuk and Mark Jankowski that will provide the biggest intrigue up front for Calgary. Tkachuk was the No. 6 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, and Jankowski, who turned pro last April, was selected in the first round (No. 21) in 2012.
Jets team scope: Winnipeg’s roster graduated the likes of Nikolaj Ehlers and Josh Morrissey from last year’s entry, but an influx of new talent has plenty of intrigue for the Jets. Forwards Kyle Connor and Jack Roslovic will participate in the tournament for the first time after leaving their respective schools to turn pro. “It felt really good to get back on the ice and get back into our daily routine,” Connor told the Jets’ website. “I hear it’s great competition out there [in Penticton], so it should be a great experience to help prepare me for main camp as well.” Connor and Roslovic will comprise Winnipeg’s top unit with Jimmy Lodge, who had two points in three games in 2015.