Ahead of the 2016 Young Stars Classic in Penticton, BC (Sept. 16-19), CalgaryFlames.com has highlighted five players from the Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets to keep an eye on at the tournament.
Here are five Jets prospects to keep tabs on when the Calgary Flames open up the tournament against Winnipeg on Friday (5:00 PM MT, CalgaryFlames.com, Flames app).
Kyle Connor has done nothing but increase his stock as a high-end NHL prospect since being drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round (No. 17) of the 2015 NHL Draft. Connor, who put up 34 goals and 80 points with the Youngstown Phantoms in his draft year, had an NCAA-leading 71 points (35 G, 36 A) in 38 games last season as a freshman at the University of Michigan. His season included a 27-game scoring streak and a Big Ten championship. Connor, a finalist for the Hobey Baker, signed an entry-level contract with the Jets in April and represented Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in May.
Jack Roslovic, selected 25th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, signed an entry-level contract with Winnipeg in July after leading the University of Miami-Ohio with 10 goals and 28 points in 36 games as a freshman in 2015-16. In 2014-15, Roslovic skated as a member of the United States National Team Development Program, playing on a line with Auston Matthews and Calgary Flames prospect Matthew Tkachuk. He is eligible to play for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League or, should he crack the Jets’ roster, with Winnipeg this season.
A trade on Feb. 11, 2015 brought prospect Brendan Lemieux into Winnipeg’s organization. Lemieux was acquired alongside Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Joel Armia and a first-round pick at the 2015 NHL Draft (Jack Roslovic) from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Zach Bogosian, Evander Kane and Jason Kasdorf. He’s continued to blossom since being selected 31st overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, recording 32 goals and 62 points in 45 games between the Barrie Colts and Windsor Spitfires in the OHL. Lemieux, the son of former NHLer Claude Lemieux, is of his father’s mould having been suspended five times in four years of junior hockey.
One of the OHL’s most improved players over the course of the 2015-16 season, Logan Stanley saw his draft stock dramatically rise to the point he was selected 18th overall by Winnipeg at the 2016 NHL Draft. Stanley, who had five goals and 17 points in 64 games with the Spitfires last season, is an imposing defenceman, standing 6-foot-7 and weighing in at 225 pounds. He isn’t shy to use it, with 103 minutes in penalties last season.
Selected 79th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, Luke Green is big on upside. The offensive defenceman had 10 goals and 35 points as an 18-year-old with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, and will continue to blossom. Green, selected first overall in the QMJHL Entry Draft in 2014, also had six goals and 36 points as a rookie with the Sea Dogs in 2014-15.