USHL Report: Rookie Class Outlook

Clare McManus




The USHL season is still under two months away from it’s supposed Friday, November 6th start date, while preseason games are expected to start mid-October. The plan for the league is that each team will play 54 regular-season games between November 6, 2020 and April 24, 2021.


While we’re still undergoing the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the incoming group of rookies coming into the USHL. I also listed some of the notable USHL graduates/transfers at the end. 



Head of the Class


Adam Fantilli: C, Chicago Steel

Fantilli is one of the most thrilling 2004 born prospects and is a projected top pick for the 2023 NHL Draft. Before coming to America, the Ontario born native played with the Toronto Red Wings of the GTHL. He put up a fantastic show of skill and numbers while playing with players two years older than him. In lieu of playing for the Jr. Canadiens, Fantilli made the decision to play this season alongside his brother, Luca, at Kimball Union Academy in the USHS-Prep League. He recorded 18 goals and 36 points in 26 games. At the end of this year, he was a definite lock for the first-overall pick in the 2020 OHL Draft. But with the rumors swirling that he may come to the USHL, he was drafted at 18th overall by the Saginaw Spirit. Later on, he would make the final decision that he would follow in his brother’s footsteps and sign a tender agreement with the Chicago Steel.



Even though he’s only 15