A big skilled player who has a few years of development before he turns pro, could be a dark horse.
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March 2022- Like former Chicago Steel teammate Josh Doan, Sam Lipkin saw limited playing time in his 17-year-old season. He split the campaign between Chicago of the USHL and Tier II USPHL New Jersey Rockets. Doan had 14 points in 45 games in his first year with Chicago before exploding for 31 goals and 70 points in second season. Lipkin had three goals and 11 points in 30 games in his first year with Chicago. Unlike Doan who went undrafted in his first go around at the NHL Draft, (before being selected in the 2021 second-round) Arizona saw some of the same qualities in Lipkin and acquired Montreal’s 2021 seventh-rounder, selecting him 233rd overall. The pick now looks like a potential “steel” (pun intended). In his second campaign with the Steel he currently has 25 goals and 51 points in 43 games, good for 11th in USHL scoring. Lipkin is the team’s captain and plays a strong 200-foot game that includes a commitment to the small details. He has good overall skill and possesses an NHL shot. Lipkin has a pro build already (6-2 and 192 pounds) which he’s not afraid to use, another player that fits GM Bill Armstrong’s profile of a heavier team like the ones he helped construct in St. Louis. He’ll play at Quinnipiac College next year. Keith Duggan
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