Canuck Young Stars Overmatched, Lose 4-1 To Edmonton, Juolevi Impresses

Vancouver Canucks’ Olli Joulevi (48) in fron of the goal with Edmonton Oilers’ Patrick Russel (52) during second period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016. NICK PROCAYLO / PNG

By Jason Botchford     September 16, 2016

PENTICTON — Here’s the thing about Olli Juolevi: blink and you’ll miss him.

The Oilers did. Many times.

Greg Chase had Juolevi lined up for a hit early in the Canucks opening period of the 2016 Young Stars tournament on Friday night. He missed.

Later, Jesse Puljujarvi was barrelling over the Canucks’ blue-line, moving just a tad slower than a cigarette boat. He had the puck, until he didn’t. Juolevi, quietly, poked it away while Puljujarvi twisted and crashed to the ice with a thud.

Juolevi played a smart, and smooth game in a 4-1 Vancouver loss. It was as quiet, impressive and promising.

“Those kind of defencemen are better when the game is cleaner. It’s more suited for an NHL game where everyone’s timing is on, it’s not as scramble-y,” said Travis Green, the Canucks Young Stars head coach. “He’s going to be a helluva defenceman.”

Especially after he puts on 15 more pounds. Juolevi got hit once, at the end of the second, when he turned his back. He drew a penalty.

Splendid as he was, however, Juolevi wasn’t enough to lift an overmatched Canucks team. Neither was Vancouver’s star goalie, Thatcher Demko. The goalie had his moments. None better than a third-period glove save on Drake Caggiula.

But Demko had no chance on Edmonton’s first two goals. The first hit something in front of the net, changing direction at the last moment. The second was scored only after a complete defensive meltdown from the Canucks which left Puljujarvi alone at Demko’s backdoor.

As most could have predicted, Puljujarvi was the game’s best player. He scored two. His second was both gorgeous and undefendable.

Vancouver Canucks' Curtis Valk (43) chases Edmonton Oilers' Caleb Jones (81) during third period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks’ Curtis Valk (43) chases Edmonton Oilers’ Caleb Jones (81) during third period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
 

Vancouver Canucks' Troy Stecher (51) in action against the Edmonton Oilers during second period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks’ Troy Stecher (51) in action against the Edmonton Oilers during second period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
 

Edmonton Oilers' Jesse Puljujarvi (39) on the move against the Vancouver Canucks during third period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
Edmonton Oilers’ Jesse Puljujarvi (39) on the move against the Vancouver Canucks during third period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
 

Edmonton Oilers' Jesse Puljujarvi (39) on the move against the Vancouver Canucks during third period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
Edmonton Oilers’ Jesse Puljujarvi (39) on the move against the Vancouver Canucks during third period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
 

Vancouver Canucks' Troy Stecher (51) against the boards with Edmonton Oilers' Matt Benning (83) during second period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks’ Troy Stecher (51) against the boards with Edmonton Oilers’ Matt Benning (83) during second period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
 

Vancouver Canucks' Tate Olsen (64) in front of the goal with Edmonton Oilers' Braden Christoffer (61) during second period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks’ Tate Olsen (64) in front of the goal with Edmonton Oilers’ Braden Christoffer (61) during second period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
 

Vancouver Canucks' Guilaume Brisebois (54) against the boards with Edmonton Oilers' Joey Benik (47) during second period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks’ Guilaume Brisebois (54) against the boards with Edmonton Oilers’ Joey Benik (47) during second period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
 

Vancouver Canucks' Olli Joulevi (48) in fron of the goal with Edmonton Oilers' Patrick Russel (52) during second period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks’ Olli Joulevi (48) in fron of the goal with Edmonton Oilers’ Patrick Russel (52) during second period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
 

Vancouver Canucks' Jordan Subban (67) has his eye on the puck next to Edmonton Oilers' Matt Benning (83) during first period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks’ Jordan Subban (67) has his eye on the puck next to Edmonton Oilers’ Matt Benning (83) during first period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
 
Vancouver Canucks' Jordan Subban (67) has his eye on the puck next to Edmonton Oilers' Matt Benning (83) during first period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.
Vancouver Canucks’ Jordan Subban (67) has his eye on the puck next to Edmonton Oilers’ Matt Benning (83) during first period 2016 NHL Young Stars Classic action at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC., September 16, 2016.

Source: Botchford: Olli Juolevi’s smooth play not enough for the Canucks | The Province

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