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2022 NHL Draft: 4 Chicago Steel Players Make NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings

Nicholas Moldenhauer, Jake Livanavage and Zam Plante each received second-round grades, while Jack Harvey received a fifth-round ranking.
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NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2022 NHL Draft on Thursday included four players from the Chicago Steel.

Forwards Nicholas Moldenhauer (No. 39) and Zam Plante (No. 64) and defenseman Jake Livanavage each received second-round grades. Jack Harvey (No. 135), also a forward, received a fifth-round ranking. All four players moved up from the midseason rankings: Moldenhauer nine, Livanavage 36, Plante 24, and Harvey was previously unranked.

The 2022 draft will be July 7-8 at Bell Centre in Montreal. The first round will be July 7 and rounds 2-7 on July 8. The NHL Draft Lottery to determine the first 16 picks in the draft will be May 10 at NHL Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Second Round

No. 39: RW, Nicholas Moldenhauer

No. 54: LD, Jake Livanavage (North Dakota)

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No. 64: C, Zam Plante (Minnesota Duluth)

Moldenhauer led Chicago rookies with 43 points (18 goals, 25 assists) in 41 games. He also scored three points (one goal, two assists) in four games for Canada at the under-18 World Junior Championship. After competing in the tournament, Moldenhauer returned to the Steel and had a goal and an assist in three playoff games. His season also ended in his very first shift of the season when he was cut in the face by Devin Kaplan's skate in a game against Team USA’s under-18 team. You can read a story on Moldenhauer's recovery from the injury by Scott Wheeler of The Athletic.

Livanavage led Chicago defenseman in points (45) and assists (42) in 61 games. His assists ranked third on the team behind forwards Jackson Blake's 50 (Carolina Hurricanes) and Joe Miller's 45 (Toronto Maple Leafs). Livanavage's three assists tied forward Jayden Perron (one goal, two assists) for the team lead in points in the playoffs.

Plante split the season between the Steel and Hermantown (Minnesota) High School. He scored 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 31 games for the Steel and did not score a point in one playoff game. Plante's 24 goals led Hermantown, while his 40 assists and 64 points ranked second on the team to his brother Max Plante (18-54-72). The Plante brothers are the son of former Chicago Blackhawks forward and development coach Derek Plante, who is an associate head coach at Minnesota-Duluth.

Fifth Round

No. 135: C, Jack Harvey (Boston)

Harvey scored 49 points (26 goals, 23 assists) in 49 games and one assist in three playoff games. His 49 points ranked fifth on the Steel behind three drafted players and Adam Fantilli, who is projected to be a top-three pick in the 2023 draft. Harvey turned heads during the second half of the season to go from unranked to a fifth-round candidate in the draft rankings.