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Young Stars GM2 preview: Battle of Alberta and some McDavid kid

A win yesterday is a great way to start the hockey season as Calgary turns it's sights to their blood rival.

Calgary Flames

It's game two for the Flames prospects at the Young Stars Classic in Penticton tonight and it's probably the biggest game for them. After a decent outing yesterday against Winnipeg, there will be some adjustments to the roster tonight.

Assistant GM Craig Conroy said Oliver Kylington was fine after getting banged up yesterday however Ryan Huska said it was a day-to-day situation. On top of that: Morgan Klimchuk was also missing from the morning skate which would indicate neither are playing tonight. Throughout the game against Winnipeg yesterday, Klimchuk did look to be in pain at times. Despite that he did score an empty net goal to cement the victory.

That said, it's not the end of the world that two of the top prospects in the organization won't suit up tonight. Instead we'll see a bunch of new faces tonight and several try-outs looking to make an impact.

The cherry on top of all of that is Mason McDonald getting the start. With Gillies' strong showing yesterday, it gives McDonald a great opportunity to acquaint himself with fans who've never seen him play before. The Charlottetown Islander goalie is still a few years away from turning pro, however definitely worth your attention.

For all the names you're not super familiar with, you can check out our primer here.

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Bryce Van Brabant Sam Bennett Emile Poirier
Kenny Agostino Pavel Kaurnakhov Hunter Smith
Andrew Mangiapane Bill Arnold Austin Carroll
Ryan Lomberg Taylor Burke Louick Marcotte
Left Defence Right Defense
Ryan Culkin Jason Fram
Brett Kulak Kenney Morrison
Keegan Kanzig Rasmus Andersson
Mason McDonald
Jon Gillies

Last night, the Oilers and their new deity Connor McDavid decimated the Canucks 8-2. Regardless of McDavid playing tonight or not, the Oilers still have some talented players in Penticton. Former first-round draft picks Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl are two of the best prospects in the NHL currently who had strong games last night.

Whoever plays doesn't matter really, it's going to be a fun affair tonight as the game starts at 8:30 MST. Like last night, you can watch the game on the Calgary Flames' website, their app, and on Youtube.