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Canucks Notes: Young Stars Classic Roster & Juolevi

September 13, 2023, 7:14 PM ET [385 Comments]
Michael DeRosa
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The Vancouver Canucks have announced their roster for the Young Stars Classic. Here is a look at the complete roster:

Forwards: Jacob Maillet, Danila Klimovich, Aatu Raty, Aidan McDonough, Vilmer Alriksson, Max Sasson, Dalyn Wakely, Karel Plasek, Josh Bloom, Colby Saganiuk, Arshdeep Bains, Cooper Walker, Marc Gatcomb, Braeden Bowman, Dmitry Zlodeyev

Defencemen: Kirill Kudryavtsev, Akito Hirose, Sawyer Mynio, Filip Johansson, Cole McWard, Quinn Schmiemann, Hunter Brzustewicz, Derek Daschke, Chad Nychuk

Goaltenders: Nikita Tolopilo, Jonathan Lemieux, Ty Young

Out of this big group of prospects, not one stands out more than Aatu Raty. The 20-year-old forward was the main prospect sent to the Canucks in the Bo Horvat deal and will be looking to dominate against the competition.

Akito Hirose is another notable name from the pack. The 24-year-old defenceman left a solid first impression with the Canucks last season, posting three assists in seven games. He's a player who should perform quite well during the three-game tournament.

Aidan McDonough is another player to watch during the tournament. The 23-year-old winger got his first taste of NHL experience last season with the Canucks, where he had one goal in six contests.

The Canucks will play their first of the Young Stars Classic against the Calgary Flames on Sep. 15 at 7:30 PM. From there, they will take on the Winnipeg Jets at 2:00 PM on Sep. 17. Then, to finish the tournament, they will go up against the Edmonton Oilers at 10 AM on Sep. 18.

In other news, the Arizona Coyotes have announced that former Canucks top prospect Olli Juolevi is one of 11 players that they have signed to a professional tryout (PTO) contract. The rest of the players are Peter DiLiberatore, Austin Strand, Hunter Drew, Ryan Dzingel, Patrick Harper, Cameron Hebig, Micah Miller, Austin Poganski, Colin Theisen, and Reece Vitelli.

Juolevi, 25, spent all of last season in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the San Diego Gulls. In 38 games with the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate, he had one goal, 14 points, and a minus-14 rating.

The Coyotes have added multiple defencemen to their roster this offseason, including Matt Dumba, Sean Durzi, and Troy Stecher. Due to this, Juolevi's chances of being a regular on the Coyotes' roster are quite slim. Yet, if he impresses at camp, a two-way or AHL deal could be in the cards for the 2016 fifth-overall pick.

Alas, it will be interesting to see if Juolevi lands a contract of some kind from the Coyotes from here.
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