Jack Dugan

Chicago Steel (LW)

30 GP: 18 goals, 24 assists

T6. Chicago Steel

18-13-1-2, Last Poll: 7

 

Despite losing their final game of January to the Muskegon Lumberjacks, Chicago seems to be back on track. The Steel scored 47 goals in 10 January games, including five performances of six goals or more, and are second in the USHL with 131 goals scored. The forward group of Jack Dugan, Blake McLaughlin and Baker Shore continues to be the story in the Fox Valley. Dugan and McLaughlin are tied for first and alone in second, respectively, in USHL scoring, while Shore has amassed eight points (6G, 2A) in his last eight games, including a hat trick on Jan. 14. McLaughlin also had a hat trick in that game and was the fourth-highest USHL scorer in January, with 16 points (9G, 7A) through 10 games. Dugan had a six-game point streak going through Jan. 26, and the Vegas Golden Knights prospect continues to produce like one of the top players in the USHL. In addition to the three forwards, Graham Lillibridge’s stock continues to rise, as he remains the leader among all USHL defensemen in scoring with 29 points (3G, 26A) through 30 games, including eight-assists in his last five contests. For a team that’s looking to repeat as Clark Cup champions in the spring, Chicago certainly has all the right pieces. Now it’s just a matter of them all coming together at the right time.

 

 

5. Fargo Force

19-11-2-4, Last Poll: 1

 

Fargo held the top spot in the power rankings for the last two months but slipped four spots heading into February. It was a tough month for the Force, who have only won three of their last 10 games, but it shows how good they’ve been this year that they are still tied for third place in the Western Conference standings. It’s been a rough go without top forward Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup, who has only played in one USHL game since Jan. 6 due to the World Junior Championship and an injury. However, Cary Eades’ teams never seem to stay down for very long, and with the offensive prowess of players such as Grant Hebert, the team’s leading scorer with 30 points (9G, 21A), and Griffin Loughran (24 PTS), along with defenseman Ty Farmer (22 PTS), the Force should be back on track quickly. Strauss Mann continues to impress between the pipes, as he sits third in the USHL with a .928 SV% and fifth among all goaltenders with a 2.12 GAA. Fargo will play five road games and four home games in February as they look to climb back toward the top of the USHL standings.