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Vancouver Canucks, Linus Karlsson

Well, that worked out OK. In prepping our ongoing ‘Vancouver Canucks of Tomorrow’ series over recent weeks, we managed to pick off some of the key guys who will be skating for the Canucks at the Young Stars Classic in Penticton this weekend.

Call it one-stop shopping. Their names are their links.

Plenty of eyeballs will be on Swedish right-shot centre Linus Karlsson, as well as his countryman and fellow forward Nils Åman. We drew a lot of eyeballs with our piece and he’ll draw a lot of eyeballs at the tournament; that would be Surrey native and recent Western Hockey League leading scorer Arshdeep Bains.

Canucks 2021 2nd-round draft pick, winger Danila Klimovich will be on hand, as will defenceman Jett Woo. We featured Latvian goalie Arturs Silovs a little while back, he’ll be worth watching, as will forward Carson Focht. We just did Kirill Kudryavtsev a couple days ago and although we only mentioned Tristen Nielsen in a story the other day, I have a feeling he’ll be getting a full write-up before the start of the season.

Enjoy the info and enjoy following the tournament. Maybe we’ll see you in Penticton. Right now, a little NHL skating to do …

Pacific Division

Hey MacKenzie Weegar, feel free to chirp. The recently acquired defenceman who came to the Calgary Flames with forward Jonathan Huberdeau from the Florida Panthers for forward Matthew Tkachuk, says his new team is better than his old one. Power of positive thinking or hopeful bravado?

Vegas Hockey Now: He has arrived and he will soon be the NHL’s new ‘Iron Man’. Get the pictures and full story of the man, the myth, the legend (kidding) Phil Kessel, who recently arrived to skate with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Nyet!

He’s not a fan of the war. Colorado Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz from the Czech Republic, who spent three seasons playing in the Russian KHL, says the war in Ukraine is a huge disaster, while his new crease-mate Alexandar Georgiev stayed away from his native Russia for fear of being detained. Or as Colorado Hockey Now put it:

The same Czech outlet reported that Alexandar Georgiev stayed away from his native Russia this summer for fear the same thing might happen to him as did Flyers prospect goalie Ivan Fedotov, who was detained in Russia for allegedly dodging military service.

Bad rap.

Have a great Thursday!

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