Penticton FGD: young Flames face the Canucks (4pm MT, Flames.com)

After a pair of games against Winnipeg and Edmonton, the Calgary Flames polish off their Young Stars Classic schedule this afternoon when they meet the tournament-hosting Vancouver Canucks. One big storyline of the game could be the collision (in a pre-season tournament) of London Knights teammates: Matthew Tkachuk and Tyler Parsons are expected to dress for Calgary, while Olli Juolevi could be suiting up for Vancouver.

The puck drops at 4pm MT and you can catch the streaming action on Flames.com and the Flames YouTube channel.

THE FLAMES

The boys in red are coming off a pair of interesting games. They out-played Winnipeg for the balance of their game and, on the back of some good goaltending by Jon Gillies and some timely goals, they coasted to a 4-1 win. Against Edmonton, their goaltending was much more shaky (particularly Mason McDonald) and their goals weren’t quite as timely, and they lost a narrow 4-3 decision in overtime.

Lines, via the Flames site:

Tkachuk – Jankowski – Carroll
Mangiapane – Lomberg – Tuulola
Dube – Kravchenko – Pollock
Doucet – Aagaard – Sevigny

Hyman – Andersson
Kylington – Bruce
Kanzig – Morrison

It’s the first time out for Bruce, Hyman and Sevigny. Notably absent is Morgan Klimchuk, who missed yesterday’s practice likely due to caution and/or a sore groin. Nick Schneider makes his first in-goal appearance of the tournament. Tyler Parsons will dress as the back-up and likely see a bit of action as well.

I’m a bit surprised that we see Tkachuk, Jankowski and Kylington again, but perhaps management wants to ensure that they hit main camp with some momentum on their side. Perhaps also today Tkachuk can stay out of the box.

THE CANUCKS

Vancouver got thumped 4-1 by Edmonton in the tournament opener, then edged the Jets by a narrow 4-2 margin in their second game. The Canucks haven’t released lines, but I’d expect we’ll see the likes of Olli Juolevi, Cole Cassels and Tyler Coulter in this contest (especially since Vancouver didn’t bring a ton of extra bodies to the event). Goaltender Rylan Parenteau hasn’t played yet, so I surmise we might see him in net.

Given Calgary’s proclivity for taking penalties in this tournament thus far, and Vancouver’s ability to stay out of the box, special teams could play a bit part in today’s festivities.

WHEN LAST WE MET

In five previous Young Stars meetings, Vancouver has won three of them. To be charitable to the Flames, most of their games with the Canucks at this event have been close.

SUM IT UP

It’s the final game of the tournament and the final chance for young’uns to make an impression before everyone returns home. Main camp opens with medicals on Thursday.

  • everton fc

    The org must feel good about Carroll, hey? I always liked Carroll – hope he scores this evening.

    Would like to see Aagaard swapped w/Lomberg on that 2nd line. 3rd line is an interesting one, as well.

    Bruce gets a chance to show what he can do w/a very good skating d-partner. Morrison w/Kanzig – Morrison, at 24, should be in a first-pairing. Alas….

    Any over/under on when Doucet drops the gloves?!

  • knappsacked

    Carrol… A large man who was drafted as an overager in the seventh round, is higher up in my opinion then smith, a large man who was drafted as an overager in the second round. I think. The fact that we fot the better version of smith in the seventh round is what pisses me off. Also, notable draftees behind smith??? Montour, dvorak, hickey, arvidsson, and tryamkin

      • ChinookArchYYC

        Trelliving was on the job for 2 months just before the 2014 draft. Does it really make sense that he was the architect of the 2014 draft strategy? I expect it take a lot longer than 2 months to adequately prepare for a pro draft. It we likely Burke that provided Flames scouts the criteria well before Trelliving’s arrival on scene. The subsequent drafts have not looked anything like 2014 either.

        To me the smith pick was about hunting for unicorns, and I haven’t seen enough from him to make me believe he can become an NHLer.

  • McRib

    Carroll again with Tkachuk and Jankowski?!?!? That line would have 3x the points if Carroll could keep up with what the other two are doing in the offensive zone. Tuulola, Pollock, etc would all be better options and I don’t see why someone else wouldn’t get a chance on that top line regardless of Carroll. Nothing against Carroll, but no one of Carroll’s caliber is that deserving of strictly first line time.

    • everton fc

      Apparently the “brass” at camp are impressed w/Carroll’s ability to work w/these two on this line. Just heard it on the FAN – Asst. GM Brad Pascall said he was impressed w/Carroll.

      Then again, he also said he was impressed w/Hunter Smith in the same interview.

      I don’t think Carroll has hurt that line much, really. Not as much as other seem to think. It would be nice to see Pollock w/them (he was also given kudos by the Asst. GM). Tuulola, who I like, hasn’t proven a better option than Carroll.

      • Parallex

        Meh, I was fine with Carroll playing a game with them… I think it would have been more valuable to have other looks. I mean… why not make a Mangiapane-Jankowski-Tkachuk line (that’s Tkachuk on the right side with a skilled smaller LW and bigger two-way center… sounds like a scenario they might want to try out in the main camp nah?). Seems like a lost opportunity

  • Baalzamon

    Definitely Andersson’s best period in the tournament so far. He was marginally unimpressive in the other two games IMO.

    I can’t accurately count how many times I had an “oh no, this is bad, this is ba… oh, thanks Jankowski.” moment in that period. If only he had a halfway decent shot…

    I’ve liked Hyman so far. Doucet is surprisingly fast. Mangiapane is like the worst passer ever.

  • Juan Valdez

    The player that’s impressed me the most thus far is Mark Jankowski. He’s demonstrated elite level vision with his passing ability and always seems to make the right decision at the right time. This is the type of depth player you need in your organization if you want to win championships. This kid deserves a spot in the big show on opening night.

  • smatic10

    Would have liked to see McDonald get the start with Schneider taking over halfway. How a goalie bounces back after a tough game is an important thing to observe.