NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2021 NHL Draft on Thursday included nine players from the 2021 Clark Cup champions Chicago Steel.
The 2021 draft will be held virtually, with the first round July 23 and rounds 2-7 on July 24. The NHL Draft Lottery will be on June 2 to determine the first 15 picks in the draft. The Chicago Blackhawks effectively have the 11th-best odds for the top pick because the Arizona Coyotes forfeited their first-round selection for NHL combine testing violations.
Forwards Matt Coronato and Mackie Samoskevich are ranked Nos. 9 and 26, respectively, with an A rating as candidates to be selected in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft.
Coronato led the USHL with 48 goals and his 85 points in 51 games were second in the league to teammate Sean Farrell, a 2020 fourth-round pick by the Montreal Canadiens. Coronato led the USHL with 13 points and nine goals in eight playoff games to help the Steel win the Clark Cup.
Samoskevich ranked sixth on the Steel in scoring with 37 points (13 goals, 24 assists) in 36 games. The five teammates slated above him in points each played at least 51 games. His 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in the playoffs tied for third in the league with Farrell.
Four other USHL players received first-round rankings: Cole Sillinger (No. 10/Sioux Falls center), Shai Buium (No. 20/Sioux City defenseman), Tristan Broz (No. 28/Fargo center), and Guillaume Richard (No. 32/Tri-City defenseman).
Defensemen Jack Bar (No. 41), Ryan Ufko (No. 43), and forward Jackson Blake (No. 52) are listed as second-round options. Forwards Josh Doan (No. 87) and Jack Harvey (No. 91) moved up from a C rating and no rating to be third-round choices.
Bar, a defensive defenseman, had 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 34 regular-season games and one assist in the postseason. Ufko paced Steel defensemen in goals (10/one), assists (29/six), and points (39/seven) in the regular season and playoffs. Blake scored 58 points (20 goals, 38 assists) in 19 games for Edin Prairie (Minnesota) High School. He had 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 25 USHL games and the Cup-clinching goal in the playoffs.
Doan’s 70 points (31 goals, 39 assists) in 53 regular-season games, to finish third on the team behind Farrell and Coronato. He added five points (two goals, three assists) in the playoffs. He is the son of Arizona Coyotes legend, Shane Doan.
Harvey had 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 48 games and one assist in the postseason.
Defenseman Lukas Gustafsson (No. 186) received a possible sixth-round grade. He split the season with Cushing Academy and the Steel. He had four points (one goal, three assists) in 14 USHL games and skated in two playoff games.
Forward Luke Levandowski (No. 112) scored 41 points (22 goals, 19 assists) in 21 games for Rosemount (Minnesota) High School. He added three points (one goal, two assists) in nine games for the Steel, but did not play in the playoffs.
Chicago Steel in NHL Central Scouting rankings
No. 9: RW, Matt Coronato (Harvard)
No. 26: RW, Mackie Samoskevich (Michigan)
No. 41: RD, Jack Bar (Harvard)
No. 43: RD, Ryan Ufko (UMass)
No. 52: RW, Jackson Blake (North Dakota)
No. 87: RW, Josh Doan (Arizona State)
No. 91: LW, Jack Harvey (Boston)
No. 112: LW, Luke Levandowski (Wisconsin)
No. 186: LD, Lukas Gustafsson (Boston College)
A Rating: 1st round candidate
B Rating: 2nd/3rd round candidate
C Rating: 4th/5th/6th round candidate