Future Watch: Sam Steel Rookie Hockey Cards, Ducks – Sam Steel was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. As the 30th overall pick, Anaheim felt they drafted a very talented player and so far, he’s on track to be just that.
In 2014-15, he started his reign with the Regina Pats. 54 points in 61 games was terrific for a 17-year-old.
The next season, he donned the “A” and scored 23 goals. His 70 points in 72 games was a nice jump. His 16 points in 12 playoff games opened some eyes.
2016-17 was a landmark year for the talented center. His 50 goals and 131 points in 66 games turned heads. He followed that up with 30 points in a 23-game run that saw them fall just short of making the Memorial Cup. Steel was the WHL Player of the Year (Four Broncos Trophy). He was the top scorer in the WHL (Bobby Clarke Award) and had the most points in the CHL.
In 2017-18, he got to play in the Memorial Cup as the team captain. The Pats had an automatic berth as the host team, but the talented pivot had 83 points in 54 games and 13 in the five Memorial Cup games! The Pats lost in the Final, but he walked away with the tournament MVP trophy (Stafford Smythe Trophy).
Steel has starred on the international stage too. In 2015 he struck gold in the Hlinka Memorial while playing for Team Canada. In 2017-18 he won a gold medal at the 2017-18 U20 World Junior Championship.
Here’s a feature on him:
He played 13 NHL games in 2018-19 but has mainly played in San Diego in the AHL to work on his skills. Steel has 12 goals and 28 points in 35 games as a rookie. At 21, he should be on the Ducks roster next season.
Follow him on Twitter @ssteel23.
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