The Calgary Flames will participate in the 2015 Young Stars Classic in Penticton, BC, beginning Friday, September 11, 2015. This will be the fifth time the Flames have participated. The round-robin tournament will feature prospects from the Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets from September 11-14th.
The Flames face off with the Canucks on Monday, Sept. 14 at 4:30 PM MT.
Here are a few Canucks prospects to keep an eye on:
Selected in the first round (No. 6) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Calgary Hitmen forward Jake Viratnen battled back from shoulder surgery an offseason ago to post 21 goals and 52 points in 51 games in the Western Hockey League in 2014-15. The 19-year-old also made his pro debut last season after the Hitmen were eliminated from the WHL’s Eastern Conference Final, recording an assist and six penalty minutes in 10 games with the Utica Comets, Vancouver’s American Hockey League affiliate. Virtanen boasts NHL-ready speed, shot and physical game.
Like Virtanen, Jared McCann represented the Canucks at Hockey Canada’s National Junior Summer Development Camp in early August, but left early after sustaining an upper body injury. The fellow first round pick, 24th overall in 2014, set new career bests with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, recording 34 goals and 81 points in just 56 games. The 6-foot, 179-pound centre possesses top-end skill and vision.
Cole Cassels, Oshawa Generals teammate to Calgary Flames prospect Hunter Smith, capped his OHL career with a Memorial Cup victory and established career highs in goals (30), assists (51), and points (81) in 54 games in 2014-15. Cassels, the son of former Canucks centre Andrew Cassels, added 31 points in 21 games to help the Generals capture the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions, too. The 20-year-old, who will turn pro with Utica this fall, plays with an edge and is responsible in all zones.
Signed in May, Jordan Subban became the third of his three brothers to put the pen to paper on a National Hockey League contract. The 20-year-old brother of P.K. and Malcolm, the youngest Subban is coming off a career year featuring 25 goals -- the highest single season total ever for a Belleville Bulls defenceman -- and 52 points in 63 games played. The Rexdale, ON. native, originally selected in the fourth round (No. 115) by the Canucks in 2013 is a dynamic blue-liner poised to start his professional career with Utica.
Selected in the first round (No. 24) of the 2013 NHL Draft, and three picks after the Flames nabbed Emile Poirier, Hunter Shinkaruk made his professional debut in 2014-15, recording 16 goals and 31 points in 74 games for the Comets. He added four goals and two assists as Utica fell to the Manchester Monarchs in the Calder Cup Final. Prior to turning pro, the Calgary, AB native registered 43 goals and 89 points in just 65 games over his final two seasons with the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers.