The Anaheim Ducks have announced that Sam Steel, the 18-year old center from Ardrossan, AB taken with the 30th overall pick in the 2016 Draft has signed a three-year entry level deal with the club.
Steel currently plays for the Regina Pats of the WHL where he is currently dominating the league with 54 points (23g, 31a) in 25 games played.
The 30th overall pick used to select Steel was the first rounder the Toronto Maple Leafs sent over as part of the Frederik Andersen trade. The Ducks selected Max Jones with their original first round pick at the 24th spot on the board.
Steel is a relatively small centerman, coming in at about 6 feet tall and only 179 lbs. But what he lacks in size he makes up for in speed and tremendous hockey IQ. He’s been praised for the high-level at which he plays the game and for his leadership and playmaking abilities. Sounds not unlike an Anaheim Ducks center currently wearing a “C” on his jersey.
There seems to be little reason not to suspect that Steel (along with Jones) will get an extended look during the preseason next year for a chance to crack the Ducks roster for the 2017-2018 season.