Jack Dugan

Chicago Steel (LW)

7 GP: 8 goals, 2 assists

2. Tri-City Storm (4)

6-1-0-0, Last Poll: 12

The story for the Storm early on is team defense. Tri-City has stymied opponents, average only 1.57 goals against per game. Detroit Red Wings prospect Filip Larsson has been a big factor early on. Larsson ranks first among goaltenders with more than two games played with a 1.52 GAA, and second with a .943 sv%. In each of Larsson’s five wins this season he has allowed only one goal or fewer, including one shutout. Playing in front of Larsson has been a core of second-year defensemen including Ronnie AttardJace FoskeyJack Summers and Bryan Yoon, in addition to Colorado Avalanche prospect Nate Clurman. While defense might be the headline in Kearney, NE, offensive production from Connor McMenamin and Tyler Ward has been solid from the start of the season.

 

1. Chicago Steel (10)

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

Most rookie goaltenders can only dream of a perfect 6-0-0-0 start to their USHL career. Oskar Autio is not most goaltenders. The Penn State commit is holding steady with a 2.34 GAA and .929 sv% to begin the year, and has helped the Steel to their 6-1-0-0 start. Chicago’s roster is one of the more interesting one’s this season with returners like Baker ShoreDerek Daschke and Graham Lillibridge, in addition to new faces Jack DuganRobbie Stucker and Blake McLaughlin. Dugan, a Vegas Golden Knights prospect, and McLaughlin are currently tied for first in USHL scoring, while Blue Jackets prospect Stucker leads all defensemen in scoring. Is it scoring by committee, or scoring at will for the Steel? Six players are currently averaging a point-per-game and their power play unit is at an unbelievable 40% success rate. All of the early success equates to an average 4.86 goals per game, and a first overall ranking in the November power rankings.