The forward scored 37 points (13 goals, 24 assists) in 36 games. He added 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in the USHL’s Clark Cup Playoffs to help the Steel win the Cup. His 37 points ranked sixth in scoring on the Steel, with the five players above him each playing in at least 51 games.
“Mackie is a skilled forward who is a playmaker first, with an elite shot and skating ability,” Steel head coach Brock Sheahan said.
Samoskevich (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) is the third Steel player to be picked in the first round of this year’s NHL draft, joining Owen Power (No. 1 to Sabres) and Matt Coronato (No. 13 to Flames). It is the first time in Steel history three players have been selected in the first round.
Samoskevich will join Power at the University of Michigan next season.