GENEVA, ILLINOIS — In anticipation of the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday, October 6 – Wednesday, October 7, the Chicago Steel are preparing for what will likely be the most high-profile NHL Draft in team history.
Following a phenomenal 2019-2020 season which included team records in wins, points and goals per game, 13 prospects with Chicago Steel ties have been mentioned as possible selections including several with first-round potential.
The highest number of Steel players selected in one NHL Draft is four, both in 2019 and 2017. The highest draft pick in Steel franchise history was defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, picked in the first round (14th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars. Oleksiak recently played an integral role in the Dallas Stars’ run to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final.
Six players from the Steel’s 2019-2020 record-breaking Anderson Cup team are listed on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Watch Lists. Forwards Brendan Brisson (20), Sam Colangelo (31), Sean Farrell (62) and Josh Doan (181) and defenseman Luke Reid (83) were listed on the North American skaters list while Victor Ostman (27) was included on the North American Goaltenders list.
Three skaters who were not listed by NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings have also received considerable buzz thanks to their standout seasons in 2019-2020. Forward Gunnarwolfe Fontaine shared fifth in the USHL in scoring with 57 points (26G, 31A) through 45 games played. Mathieu De St. Phalle captured the USHL scoring title with 60 points (30G, 30A) in just 49 appearances. Defenseman Jimmy Dowd Jr. totaled 26 points (4G, 22A) in 48 games.
Four players who are on the Chicago Steel roster for the 2020-2021 season were included on the final NHL Central Scouting Watch List for North American Skaters. Forwards Joe Miller (180) and Matthew Gleason (189) join defensemen Ian Moore (47) and David Ma (128) as players to watch in the 2020 NHL Draft.
“Certainly, there is a great deal of excitement for our organization in anticipation of the NHL Draft, but ultimately these two days merely are a snapshot in time,” said Steel General Manager Ryan Hardy. “All of our players, regardless of if and when they are selected, will determine their NHL futures by what they do in the months and years to come.”
55 players with USHL ties were selected during the 2019 NHL Draft including a record nine first round selections.
The 2020 NHL Draft will begin with coverage starting on Tuesday, October 6 at 6 pm CT on NBCSN with Round 1, in its entirety, that night. Rounds 2-7 will begin at 10:30 am CT on Wednesday, October 7 with NHL Network carrying coverage.
NHL Draft Eligible Prospects with Chicago Steel ties (NHL Central Scouting skater/goalie ranking in parenthesis):
Brendan Brisson (20)
Sam Colangelo (31)
Ian Moore (47)
Sean Farrell (62)
Luke Reid (83)
David Ma (128)
Joe Miller (180)
Josh Doan (181)
Matthew Gleason (189)
Victor Ostman (27)
Gunnarwolfe Fontaine (Not Ranked)
Mathieu De St. Phalle (NR)
Jimmy Dowd Jr. (NR)
Chicago Steel Upcoming Home Games:
Friday, November 6 vs. Youngstown Phantoms – 7:05 pm CT
Sunday, November 8 vs. Youngstown Phantoms – 3:05 pm CT
Friday, November 20 vs. Green Bay Gamblers – 7:05 pm CT
For more information and to purchase Steel tickets, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.