Preview: Oilers Rookies vs. Sharks Rookies
Edmonton & San Jose conclude their Young Stars Tournament schedules
Start time: 8:30pm MT
Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and edmontonoilers.com
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With each game in the Young Stars Tournament featuring a dramatic increase in pace, excitement, and physical play, tonight's conclusion between the Oilers and Sharks should be a highly entertaining affair.
After dressing a much different lineup last night against the Northwest Division rival Calgary Flames, the Oilers will be going back to a similar lineup that saw them win the opening game of the tournament 4-1 against Vancouver. Edmonton's "big three" of Hall, Paajarvi, and Eberle will be back in the lineup tonight, as they will all skate on the top line looking to end the tournament off on a high note.
"You'll probably see Taylor Hall playing up the middle -- we'll try him there, with Jordan on the right side and Magnus on the left side," rookie's head coach Todd Nelson confirmed after practice. "It should be pretty interesting and we'll see how it goes."
"Excitement" seems to be the word of the day for the Oilers.
"I'm very excited," Hall said. "It's my last kind of chance to get ready for main camp and I think we've got a lot of good lines, good guys in the line-up tonight, and obviously San Jose is a big, kind of older team so it should turn out to be a good fight."
"I'm just excited to play. It's kind of hard to look at the team when you're not playing but at the same time, you see the play from a whole other level and a whole other view, so it's both positive and negative. But obviously I want to play and tonight I get that chance."
"I didn't get to sit on the bench the first game but I got to watch it. Last night I got to sit on the bench, which I'd much rather be doing," the goalie said. "I was a little excited last night to get started, and tonight I've been waiting for five days now or whatever it is so I'm just ready to get going."
- Pre-Game: Jordan Eberle
- Pre-Game: James Livingston
- Pre-Game: Head Coach Todd Nelson
- In Focus: Time to Impress
- Highlights vs. Calgary
- Post-game comments vs. Calgary
- Fight night vs. Calgary
OILERS ROSTER & LINE COMBINATIONS
Magnus Paajarvi (82) - Taylor Hall (84) - Jordan Eberle (78)
Teemu Hartikainen (56) - Milan Kytnar (64) - Mike Thomas (59)
James Livingston (69) - Ryan Martindale(66) - Tyler Pitlick (68)
Drew Czerwonka (71) - Chase Schaber (74) - Cameron Abney (53)
Dominik Schlumpf (72) - Johan Motin (39)
Alex Plante (48) - Jeremie Blain (61)
Martin Marincin (70) - Jordan Bendfeld (55)
Bryan Pitton (50)
• Milan Kytnar finds himself in an interesting position at the Young Stars Tournament. While he had the distinction of centering the Oilers' top line, the spotlight was often focused on his wingers, Eberle and Hall. Kytnar has quietly established himself as a strong two-way centre at rookie camp and his creative offensive ability has been a nice complement to the skills of his teammates. With one last game before main camp to showcase his skill, Kytnar will definitely want to step up in a more defined role.
> View Kytnar’s career stats and bio
• Defenceman Alex Plante has been one of the Oilers' most improved players over the past calendar year, and he's done an excellent job in the Young Stars Tournament of displaying his heightened confidence in all areas of the ice. With two goals to go along with a solid performance defensively last night against Calgary, Plante is looking to continue his hot play and finish up strong with Oilers management taking note as main camp nears.
> View Plante’s career stats and bio
• In a concentrated effort to develop more centres in the organization, third-round pick (61st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Ryan Martindale, will be an important player in the Oilers system moving forward. In his first NHL camp, 6'3" 183lb Martindale has been making an impression with his excellent two-way game and tremendous effort and enthusiasm on the forecheck. With one last game to show what he's got, Martindale will want to build on his previous efforts in Penticton.
> View Martindale’s career stats and bio
For more information on the Oilers prospects, visit Edmonton's Young Stars Preview page.
38 Tony Lucia
41 Cam MacIntyre
43 John McCarthy
45 James Marcou
57 Tommy Wingels
58 Marek Viedenseky
67 Luke Judson
70 Daniel Erlich
71 Kevin Henderson
72 Brandon Mashinter
74 Phil Varone
75 Freddie Hamilton
78 Benn Ferriero
85 Curt Gogol
86 Spencer Edwards
87 Cam Braes
88 Micahel Sgarbossa
89 Leigh Salters
90 Zach O'Brien
42 Joe Loprieno
51 Konrad Abeltshause
52 Matt Irwin
54 Nick Petrecki
59 Nick Schaus
61 Justin Braun
77 Taylor Doherty
81 Domonik Bielke
82 Spencer Humphries
83 Sam Finn
84 Cameron Brodie
33 Thomas Heemskerk
34 Carter Hutton
36 JP Anderson
37 Tyson Sexsmith
• In a game that could potentially be decided by special teams play, forward John McCarthy could have an incredible impact on this game against the Oilers. McCarthy is considered to be an extremely fearless and talented penalty killer, whose toughness and two-way ability is nearly unmatched. He makes sure that every shift against him is a difficult one through aggressive physical play and excellent foot speed that make him difficult to shake off. While McCarthy isn't considered a star prospect, the elements of his game could prove beneficial for the Sharks Rookies on Wednesday night.
> View McCarthy’s career stats and bio
• Much like Calgary's Mikael Backlund, Benn Ferriero has a number of NHL games already on his resume. Experience, on-ice leadership, and a rugged style all describe Ferriero's game. He'll go to the high traffic areas to fight for the puck and make life miserable for the defenders trying to play against him. In a game that will most definitely feature some high flying offense, Ferriero's aggressive style will definitely be an asset to San Jose's offensive attack.
> View Ferriero’s career stats and bio
For more information on the Sharks prospects, visit San Jose's Young Stars Preview page.
Stay tuned to edmontonoilers.com throughout the week, as we will provide live game updates, post-game stories and reaction, as well off-day features to bring you the most comprehensive coverage of the 2010 Young Stars Tournament.
Authors: Ryan Dittrick & Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com