Fantasy Summary

Energy forward with alluring two-way elements and middle-six offensive upside.


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July 2024 – The energy and effort are consistently there for Stillman; it’s easy to see him as a hard-working fourth-line grinder who gives it his all. Sadly, it’s hard to see beyond that without a significant breakout, which hasn’t yet come. His maturity has always been a strength and has quickly translated into pro hockey, although he has limitations. Being a first-round pick has given Stillman some unfair standards as a prospect, but there’s still positivity that he can be impactful at the NHL level, even if he is not a key contributor.  Austin Kelly

August 2023 – It’s rare when a player who has under a PPG in their OHL DY+2 season becomes a long-term NHL-caliber player. In the last 10 years, only 2 active NHLers (Radek Faksa and Max Jones) have played over 200 NHL games while being under PPG in their age-20 season, but like Stillman, both have stuck due to their physicality and IQ, both traits that should make the transition to the AHL a breeze for the OHL Cup winning Stillman, who’s NHL future looks destined for the bottom-six as a responsible defensive option. A big offensive growth in Utica could solidify his NHL potential rather than make it a question mark. – Austin Kelly

March 2022 – Stillman hasn’t yet reached the point-per-game mark so far (50 points in 59 games), a rarity with first-round picks, but he was traded from Sudbury to Peterborough in the OHL and his production has peaked slightly since, with 16 points in his last 17 games since February. He still plays with that edge he showed in both the Danish U20 league and the World Juniors, but his offensive game still needs some polishing. With a bunch of time ahead of him to figure that part out, there’s no rush to bring Stillman to the pro level. He’ll likely see his next two years of OHL eligibility out and join the Devils’ AHL affiliate from there. Hadi Kalakeche

July 2021 – Stillman was selected in the first round, 29th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2021 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

July 2021 – With the OHL season on hold, Stillman packed up and went to play in Denmark’s U20 league – not exactly the greatest level of competition for a player looking to cement himself as a high-end NHL prospect. He did all he could there, though, and finished with 16 points in just eight games before adding another four points in seven games playing a checking role for Canada at the U18s.

Stillman plays a high-energy game, pressuring on the forecheck and providing relentless back pressure in defensive transition. He protects the puck well in traffic areas and even if he isn’t an elite passer, he does have some one-touch puck-moving elements to his game that help him be effective in tight spaces. He isn’t likely to be an offensive dynamo at the professional level, but Stillman’s potential as a middle-six energy player that can chip in with some secondary scoring will be awfully enticing at this point of the draft. Nick Richard

Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth March 19, 2003
Height 6‘1”
Weight 180 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 1; Overall: 29


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 Peterborough Petes U15 AAAETAHL U15- - -- -|        
 2017-2018 Central Ontario Wolves U15 AAAETAHL U15- - -- -|        
  All American Prospects U15WSI U156 1 56 0|        
 2018-2019 Sudbury Wolves U16 AAAGNML24 19 3655 20|        
  Sudbury Wolves U18 AAAGNML2 1 01 0|        
  Sudbury Wolves U16 AAABig Nickel U184 1 12 6|        
  Team Navy USA-S154 0 55 -|        
  Greater Sudbury CubsNOJHL8 6 28 0|Playoffs5 1 12
  Team Ontario CWG6 0 00 0|        
  Team NOHA OHL Cup2 1 01 0|        
  Team NOHA OGC-164 1 45 2|        
 2019-2020 Sudbury WolvesOHL58 13 2134 63|        
  Canada White U17WHC-176 1 34 4|        
 2020-2021 Esbjerg U20Denmark U208 9 716 43|        
  Canada U18WJC-187 2 24 4|        
 2021-2022 Sudbury WolvesOHL24 9 1120 27|        
  Peterborough PetesOHL35 10 1929 37|Playoffs4 0 11 10 
 2022-2023 Peterborough PetesOHL59 19 2948 77|Playoffs21 4 913 21 
  Peterborough PetesMemorial Cup5 0 11 9|        
 2023-2024 Utica CometsAHL54 14 1024 72|        
 2024-2025 Utica CometsAHL- - -- -|