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2013 Young Stars Classic: Edmonton Oilers

Sunday, 01.09.2013 / 3:04 PM / Future Watch
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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2013 Young Stars Classic: Edmonton Oilers

CALGARYFLAMES.COM THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

Andrew Miller

ANDREW MILLER - FORWARD: At 5-foot-10 and 180-pounds, Miller isn't a physically intimidating presence on the ice but possesses excellent hockey sense and high-end puck skills, making him a threat every time he steps onto the ice. He also has decent wheels, making him hard to catch when he gets time and space.

The 24 year-old pivot is heading into his first professional season after spending the last four years at Yale. Last year, as the Bulldogs captain, he helped lead his team to the Frozen Four and capture the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history.

Interesting note: Miller played on Yale's top line with Flames prospect Kenny Agostino last year. The pair were tied for the team lead in scoring with 41 points in 37 games. Agostino is not participating in the Young Stars Classic as he is returning to Yale for his senior season.


Darnell Nurse

DARNELL NURSE - DEFENCEMAN: A formidable force on the blueline, Nurse is constantly trying to make life unbearable for the opposition. He relishes going in for a big hit, grinds out his opponents along the boards and makes forwards fight tooth and nail for time and space.

Heading into the 2012-13 season, it appeared Nurse would be strictly a shutdown defender going forward but the blueliner ended up quadrupling his points totals from the 2011-12 campaign, scoring 12 goals and 41 points in 68 games with the Soo Greyhounds. In addition to making a good first pass, he has become more confident in his ability to jump into the rush and won't hesitate to fly into the offensive zone when the opportunity presents itself.

The Oilers, who selected Nurse 7th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, signed the rearguard to a three-year entry-level deal on July 25.


Kale Kessy

KALE KESSY - FORWARD: Earlier this year, the Oilers dealt offensive dynamo Tobias Rieder to Phoenix in exchange for the truculent Kessy, instantly injecting more grit into their prospect pool. The Shaunavon, SK native uses his 6-foot-3, 202-pound frame to knock around opponents and aggressively forecheck.

The 20 year-old, who was selected in the 4th round (111th overall) by the Coyotes in the 2011 NHL Draft, is coming off his fourth WHL season in which he put up career-high offensive numbers. In 60 games (split between the Medicine Hat Tigers, Vancouver Giants and Kamloops Blazers), he scored 21 goals and registered 43 points.

Kessy isn't afraid to drop the gloves so if tempers flare during Oilers games, don't be surprised to see him tossing punches.


EDMONTON OILERS YOUNG STAR CLASSIC ROSTER

FORWARDS
Jersey Number Name POS Height Weight   S Date Of Birth HOMETOWN
73 Cameron Abney   RW 6' 5" 205 r 23 May 1991 Aldergrove, BC, CAN
39 BRANDON BADDOCK   LW 6' 2" 195 r 29 MAR 1995 vermillion, ab, can
47 TY BILCKE   rw 6' 2" 217 r 23 APR 1994 EXETER, ON, CAN
96 Gregory Chase   C 6' 0" 195 R 1 Jan 1995 Sherwood Park, AB, CAN
67 Travis Ewanyk   C 6' 2" 192 L 29 Mar 1993 ST. ALBERT, AB, CAN
52 AUSTIN FYTEN   LW 6' 2" 200 L 3 MAY 1991 SUNDRE, AB, CAN
61 Jackson Houck   RW 6' 0" 184 R 27 Feb 1995 North Vancouver, BC, CAN
49 Kale Kessy   LW 6' 3" 202 L 4 Dec 1992 Shaunavon, SK, CAN
54 Jujhar Khaira   C/LW 6' 3" 198 L 13 Aug 1994 Surrey, BC, CAN
58 Andrew Miller   C 5' 10" 180 R 18 Sep 1988 Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
53 Mitch Moroz   LW 6' 2" 208 L 3 May 1994 CALGARY, AB, CAN
43 reid petryk   C 6' 1" 200 R 2 FEB 1993 EDMONTON, AB, CAN
71 Kyle Platzer   RW 5' 11" 184 R 4 Mar 1995 Waterloo, ON, CAN
42 Marco Roy   RW 6' 0" 175 L 5 Nov 1994 BOISBRIAND, QC, CAN
65 CHASE SCHABER   c 6' 0" 194 l 3 jan 1991 red deer, ab
DEFENCEMEN
Jersey Number Name POS Height Weight   S Date Of Birth HOMETOWN
95 Ben Betker   D 6' 5" 200 L 29 Sep 1994 Cranbrook, BC, CAN
88 Brandon Davidson   D 6' 1" 202 L 21 Aug 1991 Lethbridge, AB, CAN
78 Martin Gernat   D 6' 5" 187 L 11 Apr 1993 Kosice, SVK
84 Oscar Klefbom   D 6' 3" 204 L 20 Jul 1993 Karlstad, SWE
82 Joey Leach   D 6' 4" 200 L 29 Jan 1992 WADENA, SK, CAN
80 Martin Marincin   D 6' 5" 196 L 18 Feb 1992 Kosice, SVK
87 David Musil   D 6' 3" 196 L 9 Apr 1993 delta, bc, CAN
74 Darnell Nurse   D 6' 4" 185 L 4 Feb 1995 Hamilton, ON, CAN
GOALTENDERS
Jersey Number Name Height Weight  C Date Of Birth HOMETOWN
34 Tyler Bunz   6' 1" 198 L 11 Feb 1992 Regina, SK, CAN
60 PHILIPPE CADORETTE   5' 11" 183 L 7 APR 1995 ST-HYACINTHE, QC, CAN
50 FranKY PALAZZESE   6' 1" 160 L 28 MAY 1993 MISSISSAUGA, ON, CAN
  TY RIMMER   6' 1" 175 L 23 MAR 1993 EDMONTON, AB, CAN


2013 OILERS YOUNG STARS CLASSIC SCHEDULE
Date Visitor Home Time (MT) BROADCAST
THU, 5 SEP 2013 Oilers FLAMES 5:00 PM CALGARYFLAMES.COM
SAT, 7 SEP 2013 JETS OILERS 8:30 PM EDMONTONOILERS.COM
SUN, 8 SEP 2013 Oilers Canucks 3:00 PM EDMONTONOILERS.COM
2014 FLAMES PICKS
SAM BENNETT
CENTRE - CGY
Round 1 - 4th Overall
MASON MCDONALD
GOALTENDER - CGY
Round 2 - 34th Overall
HUNTER SMITH
RIGHT WING - CGY
Round 2 - 54th Overall
BRANDON HICKEY
DEFENCE - CGY
Round 3 - 64th Overall
ADAM OLLAS MATTSSON
DEFENCE - CGY
Round 6 - 175th Overall
AUSTIN CARROLL
LEFT WING - CGY
Round 7 - 184th Overall