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USHL Steel Acquire Blackhawks' NHL Prospects Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019  
By: USHL-Chicago Steel

GENEVA, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Steel announced Tuesday the acquisition of forward Josiah Slavin and defenseman Hunter Carrick from the Lincoln Stars in exchange for forward Ryan Doolin, draft picks, and future considerations. Slavin, a 2018 7th round selection of the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL Draft is the younger brother of former Steel and current Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin while Carrick, an Orland Park native, is the younger brother of NHL defenseman Connor Carrick.

“Josiah Slavin is a smart, hard-working, veteran player with exceptional character who has been rapidly developing over the last 18 months,” said Steel General Manager Ryan Hardy. “Hunter is Carrick is a smart, skilled defenseman with size and playmaking ability. We’re excited to welcome both of them to the Chicago Steel family.”

Slavin, 20, joins the Steel having registered 27 points (10-17-27) in 32 games for Lincoln this season. The forward is a 141-game USHL veteran and has 84 points (39-45-84) through three seasons between Lincoln and the Tri-City Storm. Slavin is committed to Colorado College and previously played with Steel forward Cole Quisenberry on the Colorado Thunderbirds Bantam AAA roster during the 2013-2014 season.

Slavin’s bloodline is filled with hockey ties as his older brother Jacob played for the Steel for three seasons and is currently an NHL defenseman with the Carolina Hurricanes. Slavin’s older sister Jordan played for the University of North Dakota and won a silver medal with the United States at the 2009-2010 U18 World Junior Classic. Josiah’s youngest sibling, Jeremiah (15), currently plays for the Colorado Thunderbirds.

Carrick, 18, is a defenseman in his second USHL season and has 13 points (5-8-13) in 69 games. The Penn State University commit played with Steel forward Mathieu De St. Phalle during his rookie campaign with the Omaha Lancers last season. Carrick is the second defenseman acquired from the Stars this season after Ville Rasanen joined the Steel in November.

Carrick also has NHL ties as his older brother Connor is a defenseman with the Dallas Stars. His other older brother Blake (22) is a forward with Trinity College.

Doolin appeared in 27 games for the Steel this season and registered nine points (5-4-9) including a multi-goal game (September 28) and a three-point game (November 10).

“Ryan worked extremely hard on his development with us this season,” said Hardy. “He has a bright future and we will miss him in our locker room. We thank him for all of his efforts this year and wish him the very best in Lincoln as he takes the next step in his career.”

Lincoln will also receive the Steel’s 2019 Phase 2 2nd, 3rd, and 9th Round picks as well as a conditional 2020 Phase 1 3rd Round pick as well as future considerations. Chicago also receives Lincoln’s 2019 Phase 2 4th round pick as part of the trade.

The Steel and Stars met in the first game of the season, a 5-4 overtime win for Lincoln on September 27 at the USHL Fall Classic. Carrick scored in the contest while Slavin added two assists. The two teams will meet for the final time in the regular season on Sunday, March 24 at Fox Valley Ice Arena.

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