Blake McLaughlin

Chicago Steel (LW)

20 GP: 9 goals, 14 assists

8. Dubuque Fighting Saints

12-8-3-1, Last Poll: 9

 

Dubuque has won six of their last 10 games heading into January and is currently tied for third in the Eastern Conference standings. Despite missing games while representing Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge, Alexander Steeves continues to lead the team in scoring with 20 points (8G, 12A) through 19 games. After coming back from Nova Scotia, the Notre Dame commit picked up right where he left off, dishing out three assists in his first three games back in the lineup. Chayse Primeau (17 PTS), Quinn Preston and Adam Tisdale (16 PTS each) are not far behind and will look to continue leading by example on the offensive end. In net, Cole Weaver has seen more minutes as of late, seeing six appearances in December and winning both of his last two starts. The Minnesota native currently sports a 1.93 GAA and .910 SV% and will look to supplement Jaxon Castor between the pipes as the Fighting Saints begin the second half of the season and look to qualify for the Clark Cup Playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.

 

 

 

7. Chicago Steel

13-8-1-2, Last Poll: 3

 

The defending Clark Cup champions head into the second half of the season poised to make another run at the title, as they currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference with three games-in-hand on first place Green Bay. The Steel will enter 2018 with a new boss behind the bench, as Ryan Cruthers will inherit a team that has all the pieces in place to make a deep toward and into the Clark Cup Playoffs. After missing their top three players for a good amount of time at the World Junior A Challenge, Chicago welcomed back Jack Dugan, Blake McLaughlin and Graham Lillibridge back to the lineup, and the Steel are hoping their big three will help the team be as successful as they were in the first half of the season. McLaughlin and Lillibridge will also be participating in the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game as they look to showcase their games in front of a flood of NHL scouts. After a two-game trip to Fargo at the beginning of January, Chicago will receive plenty of home cooking, as six of their next eight games being played at Fox Valley Ice Arena, with the other two games just up I-94 in Madison against the Capitols.