STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks, announced defenseman Jordan Bendfeld and goaltender Bryan Pitton have been selected to participate for the Oilers in the Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Tournament, taking place Sept. 12-16 in Penticton, British Columbia.
A total of 63 prospects from the Oilers and Sharks organizations will suit up in the eight-game tournament at the South Okanagan Events Center which includes five games involving Edmonton and/or San Jose. Both teams join the Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames and Vancouver as participants in the tournament.
Bendfeld, 22, was selected in the seventh round (193rd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by Edmonton and has skated in 69 career games for the Thunder over the last two seasons (2008-10), scoring 13 points (1g-12a) while posting 116 penalty minutes. He recorded five points (1g-4a) and a +10 rating in 15 Kelly Cup Playoff games last season.
Pitton, 22, was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round (133rd overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and is 18-28-6 with a 3.18 goals-against-average and .901 save percentage in 56 lifetime games with Stockton. Last season, he earned two separate recalls directly to Edmonton and left the ECHL on Feb. 1 on a recall to Springfield of the AHL by ranking second in the league with a .921 save percentage.