The Ducks have signed first round draft choice Sam Steel to a three-year entry-level contract.
The 18 year old leads the Western Hockey League in scoring this season (23-31=54 points) despite missing six games due to injury. He also ranks third in the league in goals and plus/minus (+27).
Steel was drafted by the Ducks in the first round (30th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. He played in 72 games with Regina of the Western Hockey League last season, scoring 23-47=70 points with 24 penalty minutes (PIM). He added 6-10=16 points in 12 playoff games. The 5-11, 178-pound center also played with Regina in 2013-14 (five games, scoreless) and 2014-15 (61 games, 17-37=54 points).
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Steel played with the Sherwood Park Kings of the Alberta Midget Hockey League in 2013-14, scoring 7-16=23 points in 14 games. He also helped Team Alberta win a gold medal at the Western Canada Challenge Cup and was named to the tournament All-Star Team. Playing with Canada, Steel won a gold medal at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (1-2=3 points in four games).