Chicago Steel (G)
9-12-1-3, 2.31 GAA, .919 SV%
17. Sioux City Musketeers
2015-16: 20-35-1-0, Last Poll: 17
Despite being 1-9-0-0 in their last 10 games, there is still plenty to look forward to in Sioux City’s future. Eeli Tolvanen continues to lead the team in scoring with 37 points in 47 games, with Mitchell Fossier not far behind with 36 points, 26 of which are assists. Tolvanen will have a successful season to build off of coming into the 2016-17 season. The Musketeers are most likely to hold the 1st overall pick in the USHL Phase II Draft in May, and can build a contender quickly for the 2016-17 season.
16. Team USA
2015-16: 22-28-4-2, Last Poll: 16
The U17 and U18 clubs have split their USHL games in March, as the U18 squad is gearing up for the World Championships in Grand Forks, North Dakota in April. Clayton Keller and Kieffer Bellows, players with first round NHL Draft projections, are leading the way for the U18s with 35 and 31 points, respectively. The U18s ended their USHL schedule with a win against the Muskegon Lumberjacks at USA Hockey Arena, with rookie Casey Mittelstadt scoring twice, including his first career USHL goal. The U17s close the season with home-and-home series against the Green Bay Gamblers and Youngstown Phantoms.
15. Chicago Steel
2015-16: 22-25-2-3, Last Poll: 12
Chicago started the month of March on a strong note with back-to-back home wins over Team USA, but suffered three straight losses to Western Conference opponents (two to Waterloo, one to Sioux Falls) before splitting their final two games of the month with Green Bay and Lincoln. Minnesota State, Mankato commit Jake Jaremko leads the way with 39 points. Austen Long has been a solid addition since coming over from Tri-City in early February. He has eight points in 12 games since joining the Steel. Boston Bruins prospect Daniel Vladar has been solid all season between the pipes. The Prague, CZE native ranks sixth in the league with a .919 SV % and USHL in the league with a 2.31 GAA. The Steel start April with three home games as Bloomington, Des Moines, and Omaha visit Fox Valley Ice Arena, followed by another three game weekend with Muskegon, Bloomington, and Madison to close out the season. With potentially 10 or more players returning next season, ending this year on a good note may be a preview of things to come.