Young Jets excited for tourney
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This article was published 11/09/2014 (3010 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The auditions for jobs with the Winnipeg Jets began in earnest this afternoon, will spill over to a weekend tournament of prospects in Penticton and really heats up with the opening of main training camp next week.
Jets prospects were on the ice at MTS Iceplex today and are scheduled to fly to Penticton tonight for the annual Young Stars Tournament which begins with a game Friday against the Calgary Flames’ prospects and wraps up Monday. The Jets will play three games, including matchups with the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers with all three being broadcast on TSN 1290 and streamed live on www.winnipegjets.com.
“We’re all excited,” began 2014 Jets’ first-round pick Nikolaj Ehlers. “We all want to go out and have fun, we all have to show what we can do. I just want to go out and play my game and obviously we want to win all three games.”
Ehlers will be playing left wing on a line with Adam Lowry and Scott Kosmachuk in Penticton and the Jets’ roster includes high-end prospects like goaltenders Connor Hellebuyck and Eric Comrie, defencemen Josh Morrissey and Brenden Kitchon as well as snipers like Nic Petan, Chase De Leo and Ryan Olsen.
And they are being evaluated in every nanosecond they are on and off the ice.
“Everybody looks at differently, obviously the coaching staff looks at it differently than management,” said St. John’s IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge, who will work the bench with his staff at the tournament. “We as coaches look to see how players pick up certain drills, that they listen well, if they can execute at a high tempo. But mostly it’s the game and seeing when you have contact at a high speed how the players respond when there’s a lot of traffic.
“Every player has different elements that they bring to the organization. Certain guys are offensively guys, we want to see if they can create offence against some pretty high-end prospects from the other teams. There’s some defensive-minded guys… can they play a solid two-way game? Our goaltenders, where are they at with some miscues that are going to take place with a quick turnaround with young players at a tournament like this.
“Every different prospect that we have, you’re looking at the different elements that they bring. Their certain strengths of why we drafted them, why they are here as free agents.”
Young Stars Classic schedule*
GAME TEAMS DATE TIME
Game 1 Calgary vs. Winnipeg Sept. 12 6 pm
Game 2 Vancouver vs. Winnipeg Sept. 14 4 pm
Game 3 Edmonton vs. Winnipeg Sept. 15 1:30 p.m.
*Game dates, times and opponents subject to change, and all Central time
Updated on Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:08 PM CDT: Adds video