Keith Hershmiller

Fantasy Summary

Dependable and skilled pivot with top-six NHL potential.


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April 2020 – Steel took another step forward in his development this season. He played the whole season in the NHL and suited up for 65 games, recording six goals and 22 points. The numbers don’t scream at you, but the 22-year-old was still working on adjusting to the pro game. Head coach Dallas Eakins gave him the occasional health bomb, but he was growing with each game. He’ll keep learning from Ryan Getzlaf and Adam Henrique, and develop into a Henrique-esq player.
March 2019 – Steel has had a great development season, his first in the pro ranks. Through 50 AHL games, he has 18 goals and 39 points. He has also played 18 NHL games, scoring four goals and eight points; three of those goals came in a hat trick against the Vancouver Canucks. One of his goals was a penalty shot where he through Markstrom off by throwing a little deke and then roofing the puck backhand. He is a smart player who possesses tons of patience with the puck and can beat you with his playmaking abilities or shooting it himself. With Ryan Kesler’s career most likely done because of a hip injury, that opens up a big center spot in Anaheim for next season. Steel and the Gulls will get valuable playoff experience this Spring, and then look for him to be a full-time center in the NHL next season. Lucas Main
November 2018 – After starting the year with the Ducks and playing 13 games, Steel has been sent to the AHL. Many of Anaheim’s top wingers have been hurt to start the year and Steel was stuck playing with depth wingers so don’t be wary of him only having three points. He was receiving almost 15 minutes a night, with two of those coming on the power play, so it’s best to have him develop and play in all situations for the time being. There is a bright future for Steel in the show, as he showed tons of poise with the puck and protected it very well, along with his vision and playmaking abilities. In leagues with face-off wins, he went 10-0 in a game against Vegas earlier in the year. No need to sell low, keep him stashed on your farm teams because when he comes back it will be with a bang. Lucas Main

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

Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 3, 1998
Height 5‘11”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 1; Overall: 30


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Strathcona Warriors U15 AANAHL U1511 17 1532 0|        
 2011-2012 Sherwood Park Flyers U15 AAAAEHL U1533 26 2450 10|Playoffs3 2 68
  Sherwood Park Flyers U15 AAAJohn Reid Bantam5 3 69 0|        
 2012-2013 Sherwood Park Flyers U15 AAAAEHL U1531 52 52104 16|Playoffs5 3 811
  Team Northeast Alberta Cup5 6 915 0|        
  Sherwood Park Squires U16 AAAAEHL U163 5 38 0|        
  Team Maroon IIHF Dev. Camp6 7 815 2|        
 2013-2014 Team Alberta WCCC-164 1 45 0|        
  Sherwood Park Kings U18 AAAAEHL U1814 7 1623 8|Playoffs3 2 13
  Sherwood Park CrusadersAJHL1 0 00 0|        
  Regina PatsWHL5 0 00 0|Playoffs2 0 00
 2014-2015 Team Black U17-Dev3 1 12 0|        
  Regina PatsWHL61 17 3754 16|        
  Canada Black U17WHC-175 1 23 4|        
 2015-2016 Team White U18-Dev3 1 01 2|        
  Regina PatsWHL72 23 4770 24|Playoffs12 6 1016
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 1 23 2|        
 2016-2017 Regina PatsWHL66 50 81131 40|Playoffs23 11 1930
  WHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 1 12 0|        
 2017-2018 Regina PatsWHL54 33 5083 18|Playoffs7 1 1011
  Canada U20WJC-207 4 59 0|        
  Regina PatsM-Cup5 2 1113 4|        
  WHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 44 0|        
 2018-2019 Anaheim DucksNHL22 6 511 8|        
  San Diego GullsAHL53 20 2141 24|Playoffs16 6 713
 2019-2020 Anaheim DucksNHL65 6 1622 20|        
 2020-2021 Anaheim DucksNHL- - -- -|