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Draft Preview - Dubuque Fighting Saints: MATIAS MACCELLI

06/08/2019, 3:30pm CDT
By USHL

Matias Maccelli had a historic season among USHL Finnish-born players and as a result, the Dubuque Fighting Saints forward was #51 among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s final 2019 NHL Draft rankings.

Maccelli finished third in the USHL with 72 points (31-41-72) in 62 games played, tying current Vegas Golden Knights forward Erik Haula for the USHL record for points scored by a Finnish-born skater in a single USHL season. Haula, a former Omaha Lancers (2009-10) forward, scored 72 points (28-44-72) in 56 games during the 2009-2010 season after being selected by the Minnesota Wild (Round 7, #182 overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. Maccelli’s 31 goals tied for fourth while his 41 assists this season were fifth among USHL skaters this season. His 31 goals also marked the fifth time a Dubuque skater has registered 30-or-more goals in a single season in the USHL Tier I era.

A chunk of Maccelli’s points this season came during a 15-game point streak from November 3 to December 27 when the forward registered 24 (10-14-24) of his 74 points this season. The streak featured eight multi-point games and seven games in which he registered both a goal and assist. Maccelli’s point streak is the second longest in Fighting Saints history and began with a three-point night (1-2-3) against the Waterloo Black Hawks, the first of four three-point nights Maccelli registered throughout the season.

Photo Credit: Brandon Anderson

Maccelli appeared at the 2019 USHL/NHL Top Prospect Game alongside fellow Fighting Saints forwards Dylan Jackson and Ty Jackson as well as defenseman Michael Feenstra. Maccelli is among five skaters with a connection to Dubuque that appeared on the final NHL Central Scouting rankings with defenseman Braden Doyle (40) and forwards Tyce Thompson (83), Ryder Donovan (97) and Alexander Steeves (211).

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:

“Matias is one of the most skilled players we have had in Dubuque in recent years, and his growth as a player and person during his two seasons with us was exciting to follow. Whoever selects him in the NHL Draft will get a player with high hockey sense and skill who loves the game of hockey.”
Kalle Larsson, Dubuque Fighting Saints General Manager

“Maccelli put together quite the season. As a club, we appreciate Matias allowing us to be part of his journey, and we wish him continued success in life on and off the ice.”
Oliver David, Dubuque Fighting Saints Head Coach

“The Finland native rose up draft boards with an excellent season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Maccelli is a smaller-sized forward that displays good quickness as a 200-foot player. His willingness to use his linemates and set them up with his playmaking skills. Maccelli can be used on the powerplay, penalty kill and play an important role as he outworks his opponents. Projects as a second or third round middle-six forward that can be counted on in all situations and makes plays with high skill teammates.”
Ray Napientek, The-Rink

"Has great hands but is a middling skater. Contributes to offense in a variety of ways. Hockey sense helps him overcome mediocre speed and size."
McKeen's Draft Guide

BY THE NUMBERS:

24 – Dubuque Fighting Saints taken all-time in the NHL Draft
17 – Amount of NHL teams that have drafted Fighting Saints
14 – Highest total pick a Dubuque player has been selected at (2012, Zemgus Girgensons)
5 – Most Fighting Saints taken in one Draft (2012)
3 – Years in a row at least one Dubuque player has been taken in the NHL Draft

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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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