GENEVA, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Steel announced Thursday the signing of forward Jayden Perron of the Sioux Falls Power 16U team to a USHL tender agreement for the 2021-2022 season.
Perron, the 5-foot-8, 138-pound, highly-skilled skater has totaled 11 points (3G, 8A) in nine games played during the 2020-2021 season for the Sioux Falls Power 16U club.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Jayden and his family to the Chicago Steel,” said Steel General Manager Ryan Hardy. “His hockey sense, competitiveness, maturity and applicable skill make him a prototypical Steel prospect. We're thrilled to attract a player of his caliber and look forward to watching him grow in the years to come."
Perron, who turns 16 on Jan. 11, 2021, racked up 104 points (46G, 58A) in 36 games played for the Winnipeg Warriors U15 AAA club during the 2019-2020 season.
"I'm excited to sign with the Chicago Steel,” said Perron. “I chose the Steel because of their unparalleled track record of developing players. I believe they have the best environment to help me reach my long-term potential."
The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native joins current Steel players Ryan Ufko, Jake Livanavage and Adam Fantilli as well as Steel Alum Robert Mastrosimone as the fifth player to sign a tender agreement in franchise history.
"Jayden’s appreciation for development and his genuine love of the game are qualities we value very much within our organization,” said Steel Assistant General Manager Noëlle Needham. “Because of this, we are confident that Jayden will be a tremendous addition to the Steel."
Now in its tenth year, the USHL tender process allows teams to sign up to two 2005 birth year players prior to the 2021 USHL Phase I Draft, which is scheduled to take place in May.
Perron’s signing will take the place of Chicago’s first-round pick in the 2021 USHL Phase I Draft. Should the Steel choose to tender a second player, that signing would take the place of a second-round selection in the USHL Phase I Draft. Tendered players are required to play in 55 percent of a Member Club’s games during the regular season, notwithstanding injury, illness or suspension.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the 2020-21 season will be the USHL's 19th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league. The USHL had 51 players selected at the 2020 NHL Draft, marking the third-straight season with 50-or-more USHL players selected in the Draft. More than 800 league alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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