Top pick Ehlers iffy for today’s game vs. Canucks

Jets being cautious with groin tweaked in Game 1

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PENTICTON, B.C. -- Nikolaj Ehlers, the Jets' 2014 first-round draft pick, is only a maybe when the team's prospects hit the ice today for their second game of the Canucks Young Stars Classic tournament.

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PENTICTON, B.C. — Nikolaj Ehlers, the Jets’ 2014 first-round draft pick, is only a maybe when the team’s prospects hit the ice today for their second game of the Canucks Young Stars Classic tournament.

The Jets meet the Vancouver Canucks at 4 p.m. and Ehlers will be a late decision because he tweaked his groin late in Friday’s tournament opener against Calgary.

Jets prospects’ coach Keith McCambridge said Saturday the team “will be cautious with him.”

JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS files Nikolaj Ehlers� playing status for today is in doubt even though he practised Saturday.

Ehlers did practise with the Jets rookies on Saturday for about 25 minutes then left the ice and did not return.

The 18-year-old offensive whiz scored one goal — and it was a beauty of a hard, high shot from the slot — in Friday’s 6-4 loss to Calgary.

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In Saturday’s practice, centre Ryan Olsen also left early, but McCambridge said he was fine and should play today.

Also going the distance for Saturday’s practice was right-winger Austen Brassard, though with a full cage.

Brassard took an elbow square to the face during Friday’s game, a blow that broke his nose.

He left the game briefly, but returned wearing a cage.

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Jets prospect centre Adam Lowry is playing in his third Penticton tournament and has one solid year of development in the AHL under his belt.

So you’d think the last thing Lowry needs to do at this tournament is fight, but that’s what happened at the end of Friday’s first period.

He dropped the gloves with Calgary prospect Bryce Van Brabant and landed the only solid blow of the scrap.

“I don’t think you go into the game looking to get into a fight at any time, but I thought he was taking some liberties with Scott (Kosmachuk) and he already had a guy, so you’re going to go in there and stick up for your teammates,” Lowry said.

“I guess he wanted drop the gloves; his gloves came off pretty quickly. You’ve got to get in there and defend yourself. It’s not an ideal time to fight, up 1-0, but sometimes things happen like that in the heat of the moment and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

AFTERBURNERS: Lowry is wearing the ‘C’ as the captain of the Jets’ rookie squad here. Alternate captains, chosen by the coaching staff, are J.C. Lipon and Brenden Kichton… The plan is to start Jussi Olkinuora in goal today vs. Vancouver and give Eric Comrie Monday’s game against Edmonton.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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