Dependable and skilled pivot with top-six NHL potential.
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October 2018 – Steel showed he has the skill to play in the NHL with highlight reel goals during the preseason. With Ryan Kesler on the shelf to start the season, there are some big minutes to fill and Steel will be up to the task. He’ll probably start the season off with veterans like Cogliano, Gibbons and Aberg to help shelter him, but once Anaheim’s wingers get healthy, he’ll have some true goal scorers to play with. Lucas Main
April 2018 – Steel followed up his impressive 2016-2017 season with another gem. He had 33 goals and 83 points in 54 games this season and another nine points during the World Juniors. He will turn pro next season and with Anaheim looking to become a faster team, Steel definitely has a shot at making the jump into the show next season. He will most likely start in the AHL since Carlyle makes rookies earn their ice time, but if the Ducks have another injury-plagued season, he has the hands, IQ, and speed that could keep him in Anaheim for the whole year. Lucas Main
October 2017 – Steel has been sent back to Regina for the 17-18 season. He impressed during the Ducks rookie tournament and had a decent preseason, just not enough to warrant a nine game look. The Ducks have too many waiver eligible forwards so the brass in Anaheim decided to give him more seasoning in the OHL. It is a shame he can’t play in the AHL because he doesn’t have anything left to prove with the Pats, but it will be good for him to keep getting ice time in all situations. Lucas Main
March 2017 – Steel is having an outstanding season for the Regina Pats, so far accumulating 44 goals and 115 points in 56 games. He has shown off his elite vision along with his creativity throughout the season, while making great strides on the defensive side of the rink as well. He was named player of the month for September/October and right before the Christmas holiday the Ducks signed him to his entry level contract. With the Ducks being close to the cap, look for them to rely on their young guns next season, and Steel is definitely at the top of that list. Lucas Main
June 2016 – Following his 24th overall choice of power forward Max Jones, Anaheim GM Bob Murray completed a satisfying first round by snaring undersized but talented playmaker Steel with the final pick of the round. While Murray might well envision Jones as a successor to Corey Perry, Steel could one day inherit Ryan Getzlaf’s No. 1 center job, albeit in a much-smaller package. Mark Allan
April 2016 – Sam Steel is an elusive, smallish center with exceptional hockey IQ and offensive creativity. Steel possesses elite on-ice vision and situational awareness which, when combined with his high-end speed, gives defenders fits when trying to shut him down. He has the ability to stickhandle in tight spaces through traffic, or under pressure from checkers, and he can thread the needle to his open wingers at anytime. Steel has a deceptively hard and accurate shot, which he could stand to use more of, and he has a penchant for scoring big goals 5-on-5. His defensive game still needs refinement but he is a capable backchecker and penalty killer, and displays leadership qualities on and off the ice. Steel continues to need to grow and get stronger to make the best of his tools but as he does he may become an even more dominant offensive player. Aynsley Scott