Tommy Nappier

Chicago Steel (G)

2-0-0-0, 1.89 GAA, .926 SV%

2. Tri-City Storm (4)

2-1-0-1, Last Poll: 6

 

Despite coming in at number six in the April USHL Power Rankings, the Storm went on to win the Clark Cup in convincing fashion. A core group of veterans return this season including Paul Washe who leads the Storm with three goals on the year. The Western Michigan University commit returns to Tri-City after scoring 16 points in 56 games last year. The Storm also added Wyatt Bongiovanni and Wyllum Deveaux to the forward group. Bongiovanni joins the Storm after scoring 14 points in 57 games last season, and was recently named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List. Deveaux, a USHL rookie, already has two points in three games with Tri-City. Goaltender Dayton Rasmussen has played in each of the Storm’s three games and is 2-0-0-1 with a 1.60 GAA and .939 SV%. Rasmussen joins teammates Bongiovanni, Washe and Adam Goodsir on the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List.

 

1. Chicago Steel (14)

3-0-0-0, Last Poll: 15

 

As the only remaining undefeated team in the USHL, it’s no wonder the Steel debut at number one in the USHL Power Rankings. The Steel have outscored opponents 12-4, and have dominated in the second and third periods outscoring opponents 8-1. Greg Printz leads the team in scoring with four goals including a two-goal performance on opening night. Chicago added Clark Cup champion Walker Duehr in the offseason and he’s rewarded them early with two goals. Duehr and Printz were both listed as NHL Central Scouting prospects last season, and could validate their development with breakout seasons this year. Both Tommy Nappier and Ales Stezka have been fantastic in net early in the year, going a combined 3-0-0-0 with a 1.28 GAA and .949 SV%. Even the defensemen are getting in on the scoring in Chicago as Adam Karashik scored the game-winning goal on Saturday, his first career USHL goal. Veterans Matt Kiersted and Wyatt Aamodt each have two assists from the blue line in three games.