Canucks 2022 Young Stars: Schedule, how to watch and who to watch

Hockey is back.

Tonight the puck drops in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Center for the return of the Young Stars Classic.

The Young Stars Classic has been taking place again for the first time since 2018.

Below is the tournament schedule, how to watch and who to watch from the Canucks’ perspective.

Schedule & How to Watch

All Canucks games can be streamed from the team’s website.

Times listed below are Pacific.

Friday (09/16)

Saturday (09/17)

  • Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers (7:30 p.m.)

Sunday (09/18)

  • Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets (2:00 p.m.)

Monday (09/19)

  • Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames (11:00 a.m.)
  • Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers (2:30 p.m.)

5 canucks to watch

1. Linus Karlsson, C/RW

New SHL record holder for most goals by a rookie, Linus Karlsson, gets a chance to show us how ready he is for the North American game.

Whether he plays center or wing in this tournament could be predictive of his future with the Canucks at both Vancouver and Abbotsford.

2. Danila Klimovich, RW

The 19-year-old Belarusian made the big leap from the second-rate ice hockey league in Belarus to the AHL last season.

He has some high-end tools with his size, skating, and physicality. It will be interesting to see if he looks different in this tournament than last season.

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3. Max Namestnikov, C

The only name on this list not owned by Canucks has a connection to Vancouver.

Max’s father John spent parts of four seasons in Vancouver from 1993 to 1997.

His older brother, Vlad Namestnikov, has also played 553 NHL games over the past 10 seasons.

The undersized center was eligible for this year’s draft but went undrafted after scoring 40 points in 68 OHL games as a rookie.

He might be overwhelmed at this tournament due to his age compared to some older players, but Namestnikov has some dynamic puck skills.

4. Kirill Kudryavtsev, LD

We flagged the Canucks’ seventh-round pick as a potential steal in this year’s draft after the powerful defender was touted by some as a mid-round pick.

Again, he’s playing against tougher competition than in the OHL, but he’s got the size and physical ability to hold his own.

5. Arthurs Silovs, G

With Michael DiPietro likely en route from Vancouver, there’s a good chance Arturs Silovs will land a number one role.

He was dynamite for Latvia at the Ice Hockey World Championships that summer. I’m excited to see if he can carry some of that success over to this tournament. With the Canucks lacking some talent compared to the Flames, Oilers and Jets, Silovs has the potential to be one of the most notable young stars.

That being said, the defense in these tournaments is often sloppy, so don’t be surprised if he concedes a few goals.

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