GENEVA, ILLINOIS — The 2021 Clark Cup Champion Chicago Steel are poised for a record-setting weekend during the 2021 NHL Draft on July 23 & 24, held in a virtual format for the second consecutive season.
The Steel have 10 players with ties to the team ranked on NHL Central Scouting’s Watch List including the potential #1 overall pick, Owen Power, who played for Chicago from 2018-2020. Power would become the first USHL alum selected with the first overall pick, outside of those that have played for Team USA.
With eight of the ranked players having played significant roles for the Steel during the 2020-2021 championship season, several Steel franchise records could be broken in this year’s NHL Draft including total number of players with Steel ties selected (currently eight set in 2020), highest overall player selected (currently Jamie Oleksiak - #14 overall in 2011), and highest defenseman (Oleksiak) and highest forward selected (currently Brendan Brisson - #29 overall in 2020).
In 2020, five players from the previous year’s Steel roster, the most of any independent junior team in the world, were taken off the board as well as three additional players with Steel ties. At least one player with Steel ties was selected in each of the draft’s seven rounds for the first time in team history in 2020.
The first round of the draft will be televised on ESPN2 starting at 7:00 pm CT on Friday, July 23 with the second through seventh rounds on Saturday, July 24 at 10:00 am CT on NHL Network.
1) Owen Power – Defenseman
9) Matt Coronato – Forward
26) Mackie Samoskevich – Forward
41) Jack Bar – Defenseman
43) Ryan Ufko – Defenseman
52) Jackson Blake – Forward
87) Josh Doan – Forward
91) Jack Harvey – Forward
112) Luke Levandowski – Forward
186) Lukas Gustafsson – Defenseman
Not Ranked) David Ma - Defenseman
NR) Dawson Pasternak - Forward
NR) Luca Fantilli - Defenseman
NR) Sam Lipkin - Forward
NR) Simon Latkoczy - Goaltender