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 tilt with the Jets is on Sept. 11 at 5:00 PM MT.
Here are a few Jets prospects to keep an eye on:
Originally a fifth round pick (No. 130) in the 2012 NHL Draft, Connor Hellebuyck has quickly seen his stock rise as a prospect. After two seasons of NCAA experience with UMass-Lowell, the 22-year-old made the jump to the American Hockey League and was the starting goaltender at the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic. Hellebuyck finished his first year of pro by posting a 28-22-5 record with a 2.58 goals against average and .921 save percentage with the St. John’s IceCaps, Winnipeg’s minor league affiliate. Following his season, Hellebuyck represented the United States at the IIHF World Championship, earning bronze.
Nikolaj Ehlers has dominated the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League over the past two seasons. Winnipeg’s top pick, ninth overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft, put up consecutive 100-point seasons and has amassed 86 goals and 205 points in just 114 career games with the Halifax Mooseheads. He’s added 59 points in 30 playoff games, too, including 10 goals and 21 assists in 14 games this spring to pace all QMJHL scorers. If he can’t crack the Jets roster this fall as a 19-year-old, the Denmark native could explore his pro options in Switzerland.
Splitting time between the Prince Albert Raiders and the Kelowna Rockets, Joshua Morrissey had 13 goals and 38 points in 47 games in the Western Hockey League last season. He helped the Rockets capture the Ed Chynoweth Cup as League champions, too, with 12 assists and 14 points in 13 games. With eight regular season and 20 playoff games under his belt at the American Hockey League level with the IceCaps, Morrissey’s jump to the professional game should feature a smooth transition.
Winnipeg’s third selection (No. 47) in the 2015 NHL Draft, Jansen Harkins saw a spike in his production with the WHL’s Prince George Cougars in just his second season in Major Junior. After a 10 goal, 34 point rookie season, the 18-year-old found the back of the net 20 times and added 59 assists, a single-season franchise record, to lead Prince George in scoring. A North Vancouver product, Harkins began playing minor hockey in Germany, where his father, former NHLer, and current Cougars general manager Todd Harkins finished his playing career.
Chase De Leo
A product of the Portland Winterhawks, Chase De Leo has put together back-to-back 80-point seasons in the WHL, including consecutive 39-goal campaigns. The 5-foot-10, 182-pound forward, selected in the fourth round (No. 99), added seven goals and 19 points in 17 games in the WHL playoffs this spring. The 19-year-old, who signed a contract with Winnipeg in June and turns 20 in October, could turn pro and join the IceCaps this fall.