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This article was published 14/9/2011 (3127 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
PENTICTON, B.C. — They are wannabe Winnipeg Jets. And Tuesday night in the Okanagan Valley they looked every bit like a squad needing more seasoning.
The Jets rookies dropped a 2-0 decision to the Edmonton Oilers at the South Okanagan Event Centre at the Young Stars tournament, looking tired and sluggish early — surrendering two goals during an ugly stretch in the first — before settling down in the final 50 minutes.
Here are yours truly’s random thoughts on a tight deadline from press row...
❚ Oilers’ prospect Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the top pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft, is every bit as good as advertised.
He may look like he’s only 12, but he’s a fantastic skater and his vision, as so many have said, is unbelievable.
The Oilers must be tempted to keep him around because he could be magical with Taylor Hall on his wing.
❚ All that said, the best Oiler — and best player on the ice — was Edmonton goaltender Tyler Bunz who spent the last four years with the Medicine Hat Tigers.
❚ Winnipeg’s Jordan DePape drew in for his first game after missing the opener with a bad hip. Scratched were Klarc Wilson and Kendall McFaull.
DePape had a good chance early but missed the net and later got into a dustup with Brett Ferguson that featured a pile of wild haymakers and was hardly reminiscent of Ali-Frazier.
❚ The idea of bringing the Jets’ socalled No. 1 line here into main training camp may be fizzling out: Brandon Wheat Kings’ winger Shayne Wiebe replaced Carl Klingberg with Mark Scheifele and Jason Gregoire in the second period with Klingberg moving to a line with Eric O’Dell and Ivan Telegin, a trio which generated several good chances.
❚ Nobody asked me, but the best Jet defenceman through two games has been Zach Redmond. He wore the ‘C’ at Ferris State and is wearing it here and has shown a lot of skill and poise.
Funny to hear him talking about being the ‘old’ guy in the dressing room after the morning skate. Redmond, FYI, is 23.
❚ The book on Adam Lowry, the son of long-time Calgary Flame Dave Lowry, was that the third-round draft pick was a bit of a raw project. Based on what we’ve seen through two games, there couldn’t be a better scouting report.
❚ Tough start for Jets’ goaltender Chris Carrozzi, who gave up two goals in the first before settling down. But he didn’t shine like Edward Pasquale did on Monday night and that likely meams he’s headed for Colorado in the ECHL. If the alternating- goaltending plan holds true, Pasquale will get the start against the Canucks on Thursday.
❚ Why is it that whenever I see John Albert on the ice for the Jets I can’t stop thinking of those old Canadian Tire commercials from back in the day?
❚ Hard not to be impressed with Jason Gregoire’s game. The Winnipeg product, most recently with the University of North Dakota, just doesn’t make poor decisions with the puck and has played with a lot of confidence.
❚ A guy I’d like to see more of: Telegin, the Russian winger/centre who is likely headed to Barrie with Scheifele.
❚ He’s not exactly Zdeno Chara, but occasionally there are flashes by Jets’ 6-foot-6, 240-pound Cody Sol that hint at a future as a solid shut-down defenceman. Sol played 60 games with the Kitchener Rangers last year and was selected by the Thrashers in the fifth round of the ’09 draft.
Sol also looked solid in a fight with Wes (I’d like to sell some vowels) Vannieuwenhuizen.
And that last name not only looks very tiny on the back of a jersey, it took me three tries to type properly.
Still don’t know if I got it right.