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8 Chicago Steel Players Make 2022 NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Watch List

The reigning Clark Cup champions have eight forwards, one goaltender, and one defenseman on the watch list for the 2022 NHL Draft.

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Eight current Chicago Steel players made the NHL Central Scouting preliminary watch list for the 2022 NHL Draft, which was released Tuesday.

Forwards Nick Moldenhauer (uncommitted) and Zam Plante (Minnesota Duluth) each received B ratings as second- or third-round candidates in 2022.

Moldenhauer had two assists in six regular-season games and no points in three playoff games for the Steel last season. He has yet to play this season because of an injury. Plante has three points (one goal, two assists) in eight games this season. The Minnesota Duluth commit is the son of Bulldogs associate head coach Derek Plante, who played and served as a development coach for the Blackhawks.

Six other players received C ratings as fourth or later round candidates: forwards Andon Cerbone, Michael Emerson, Lukas Gustafsson, Jack Harvey; goaltender Gibson Homer, and defenseman Jake Livanavage.

Forward Quinn Finley, a member of the Steel’s 2021 Clark Cup championship team, also received a B rating. The Madison Capitals selected him in the 2021 USHL Dispersal Draft. He has six points (three goals, three assists) in seven games this season.

Steel on 2022 NHL CS Preliminary Watch List

  • ‘B’ Rating – Nick Moldenhauer
    • Forward
    • 5’10’’ 171 lbs.
    • 2021-2022 Stats: Has Not Played (inj.)
  • ‘B’ Rating – Zam Plante
    • Forward
    • 5’10’’ 166 lbs.
    • 2021-2022 Stats: 8 Games Played, 3 Points (1G, 2A)
    • Committed: Minnesota Duluth
  •  ‘C’ Rating – Andon Cerbone
    • Forward
    • 5’9’’ 146 lbs.
    • 2021-2022 Stats: 8 Games Played, 5 Points (1G, 4A)
    • Committed: Michigan
  •  ‘C’ Rating – Michael Emerson
    • Forward
    • 6’1’’ 190 lbs.
    • 2021-2022 Stats: 7 Games Played, 2 Points (1G, 1A)
    • Committed: UMass
  •  ‘C’ Rating – Lukas Gustafsson
    • Defenseman
    • 5’10’’ 188 lbs.
    • 2021-2022 Stats: 6 Games Played, 3 Points (2G, 1A)
    • Committed: Boston College
  •  ‘C’ Rating – Jack Harvey
    • Forward
    • 5’10’’ 176 lbs.
    • 2021-2022 Stats: 8 Games Played, 8 Points (5G, 3A)
    • Committed: Boston University
  •  ‘C’ Rating – Gibson Homer
    • Goaltender
    • 6’5’’ 209 lbs.
    • 2021-2022 Stats: 4 Games Played, 2-0-2-0, 3.17 GAA, .909 SV%
    • Committed: Miami Ohio
  •  ‘C’ Rating – Jake Livanavage
    • Defenseman
    • 5’9’’ 160 lbs.
    • 2021-2022 Stats: 8 Games Played, 6 Points (6A)
    • Committed: North Dakota

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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