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What We’re Watching – December 3, 2021

Erica Perreaux

A busy weekend of WHL hockey beckons with storylines aplenty! Friday marks the start of Teddy Bear Toss season, the Edmonton Oil Kings get set to welcome a fourth NHL first-round pick to their lineup, and more as we present another edition of What We’re Watching.

 

WELCOME HOME, GUHLE
The Edmonton Oil Kings moved the WHL Richter Scale Wednesday, acquiring Montreal Canadiens prospect Kaiden Guhle in a blockbuster deal with the Prince Albert Raiders. Guhle, who hails from Sherwood Park, Alta., returns to his hometown and could well be handed an Oil Kings debut Friday when Edmonton hosts the Medicine Hat Tigers (7:00 p.m. MT, Rogers Place). Guhle, who was selected 16th overall by Montreal in the 2020 NHL Draft, joins Dylan Guenther (Arizona), Sebastian Cossa (Detroit) and captain Jake Neighbours (St. Louis) as first-round NHL picks on the Oil Kings roster. All four will head to Calgary next week to take part in Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp. Raiders fans, meanwhile, are likely to get their first look at Ottawa Senators prospect Carson Latimer in Prince Albert silks Friday when the Regina Pats pay a visit to Hockeytown North (7:00 p.m. CT, Art Hauser Centre). Also included in the trade package, a first-round pick in next week’s 2021 WHL Prospects Draft, which gives the Raiders back-to-back selections at 13 and 14.

TEDDY BEAR TIME
The first two Teddy Bear Tosses on the WHL calendar fall Friday in Wild Rose Country. The Lethbridge Hurricanes welcome the Brandon Wheat Kings to the Windy City (7:00 p.m. MT, Enmax Centre) while Red Deer Rebels fans will also be invited to toss teddies on the ice when their Club hosts the Moose Jaw Warriors (7:00 p.m. MT, Peavey Mart Centrium). 21 of the 22 WHL Clubs will hold Teddy Bear Toss events this month, with the Seattle Thunderbirds slated to host their Teddy Bear Toss in January. Six more Tosses are scheduled for Saturday including in Calgary, where the Hitmen host the Hurricanes (2:00 p.m. MT, Scotiabank Saddledome), and in Edmonton where the Oil Kings take on the Warriors (7:00 p.m. MT, Rogers Place).

GIANTS AND BLAZERS ON TSN DIGITAL
TSN subscribers can watch the Kamloops Blazers and Vancouver Giants live on TSN.ca Friday (7:30 p.m. PT, Langley Events Centre). WHL Goaltender of the Month Dylan Garand leads the Blazers back to the Lower Mainland to face fellow World Junior Selection Camp invite Justin Sourdif and the Giants. The season series has gone Kamloops’ way so far, with the Blazers having won each of the previous four meetings during the 2021-22 campaign including a 2-1 triumph at the LEC on November 13. A win for Vancouver, though, would give them a three-point lead on the Kelowna Rockets for second place in the B.C. Division. Kamloops brings a six-game winning streak into tonight’s contest, while the Giants have won their last four games including a 5-3 victory in Kelowna Wednesday night that featured a four-point effort from Boston Bruins first-rounder Fabian Lysell.

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