The Calgary Flames selected Chicago Steel alum Matt Coronato with the No. 13 overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday.
The forward 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 (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) led the USHL with 13 points and nine goals in eight playoff games to help the Steel win the Clark Cup.
“Scoring 57 goals in 59 USHL games, Matt is a proven goal-scorer,” Steel associated head coach Matt Deschamps said. “Coronato possess a high motor with a matching compete level. Matt has an impact every shift.”
Coronato is set to join Farrell and other Steel teammates at Harvard University next fall.
Coronato is the second highest Steel player to be selected in the NHL draft after defenseman Owen Power went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres this year. It is the first time in Steel history more than one player has been taken in the first round.