2019-20 Team: Chicago Steel
Date of Birth: Dec. 26th, 2001
Place of Birth: Stoneham, MA, USA
Ht: 6’ 2” Wt: 205 lbs
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible
- NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings: 31st (among NA Skaters)
- Future Considerations: 63rd
- Cam Robinson’s April Rankings: 62nd
- Larry Fisher’s April Rankings: 59th
- Craig’s List: 36th
The Chicago Steel have a strong list of prospects with major offensive fire power that are up for the 2020 NHL Draft. Sophomore winger Sam Colangelo is one of the key contributors that made the Steel so dangerous and dominant this season in the United States Hockey League.
After recording three goals in 11 games with the Steel in 2018-19, Colangelo broke out offensively this season. With the offense pouring in from all of their top players, he recorded 58 points in 44 games, finishing third in team scoring behind Mathieu De St. Phalle and fellow draft-eligible player, Brendan Brisson. On a team with five players over 50 points, Colangelo definitely solidified his name as one of those players to watch out for in this year’s draft.
He is an extremely skilled player for his size, emulating the skillset of a power-forward like Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward Kasperi Kapanen and Winnipeg Jets’ captain Blake Wheeler. His strength is undoubtedly his greatest asset. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, his body allows him to shield and protect the puck extremely well, which makes it difficult to knock him off the puck. This also allows him to get into the open spots on the ice and use his heavy shot to get it on net. Former Steel head coach and current Toronto Marlies head coach Greg Moore has even praised Colangelo for his poise and stature, comparing him to Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews.
Related: THW’s 2020 Draft Guide
While there’s a gap between the two in terms of skill, the similarities are there in how he conducts and handles himself on the ice. The confidence is there and that’s something that shouldn’t go unnoticed.
While there’s a lot to like about Colangelo’s offensive skillset, which is already at NHL strength, he still needs to round out the rest of his game. Colangelo needs to improve on his skating and foot speed along with his defense awareness and coverage. These are things that can be taught to any forward looking to develop as a prospect. If he continues to improve on this, he has the making to be a top prospect.
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Sam Colangelo- NHL Draft Projection
There seems to be a unanimous prediction of where Colangelo will be drafted. Most of the rankings have him pegged as a mid-to-late second-round pick, which is a fair assessment considering that overall he is a player that can be a top-60 pick. No matter where he goes, he’s still an intriguing name that should be selected if the team is given the chance.
“He displays an impressive blend of power, skill, and hockey sense, and his size does not hide his creativity and vision.”- Steve Kourianos, The Draft Analyst
“He can get himself into spots on the ice a lot of other people can’t… Strong on his feet, strong with his hands. Then he can fire a puck. When he gets an opportunity to shoot, he has a good shot. But he’s got to learn to get into those spots a little bit more during the game to utilize that… He also has a bit of an edge, which is good… He’s very strong for his age. He’s heavy on the puck. He can strip guys of pucks, which allows him to create more offense for him.”- Greg Moore, former Chicago Steel head coach
- Offensive instincts
- Plays with an Edge
Under Constructions (Improvements to Make)
- Defensive Awareness
With Colangelo’s skillset, he has the makings to be an impact player at the NHL level. His weaknesses are ones that can be worked on over time. He has the potential to be a second or third- line winger with the ability to play be a threat on the power play with his strong shot. Despite having a bigger frame than most players, he’s still able to be a consistent offensive producer.
Risk- Reward Analysis
Risk- 2/5, Reward 3.5/5
Fantasy Hockey Potential
Offense- 7.5/10, Defense 7/10
Colangelo finished tied for third in USHL scoring with 58 points. Internationally, he helped Team USA win bronze at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge and represented USA at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in 2018.
Peter is in his third year with The Hockey Writers, covering the Toronto Maple Leafs and heading the Draft and Prospects section. He has previously interned at The Hockey News and worked on Toronto Marlies broadcasts for Rogers TV. He currently is the co-host of the podcast Sticks in the 6ix and a frequent guest on Maple Leafs Lounge. Aside from hockey, he also enjoys drumming, animation and impressions/ voices.