Steel Receive Three Players and Three Picks in Trade with Omaha
BATAVIA, Ill. - The Chicago Steel have acquired forwards Joshua Groll and Cole Quisenberry plus defenseman Jimmy Dowd Jr. and three draft picks from the Omaha Lancers in a trade announced Thursday. In exchange, the Steel sent newly acquired forward Jaxon Nelson and a draft pick to Omaha.
"This trade appeared out of the blue as we'd recently acquired Jaxon Nelson and were not looking to trade him," said Steel General Manager Ryan Hardy. "Omaha expressed significant interest and offered us a package of high-value prospects and draft picks that we couldn't turn down."
Groll, 16, joins the Steel fresh off a 52-point season (28-24-52) with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U team. The University of Michigan commit appeared in two games for the Lancers last season and scored one goal. Groll, a native of San Diego, Calif., is on the 2018 U.S. U18 Men's Select Team that will compete in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in August. Steel players Robert Mastrosimone, Luke Reid and Sam Colangelo are also on the roster.
"Groll is a high-character, tenacious player with speed and skill that had excellent production this past season at the 16U level," said Hardy. "We are excited that he will join three other Steel players at the Hlinka-Gretzky Memorial tournament in August."
Quisenberry, 19, played in the North American Hockey League for the Shreveport Mudbugs last season. The Cherry Hills Village, Colo., native played in 57 games for the Mudbugs and registered 33 points (18-15). Quisenberry was named to the NAHL All-South Division Rookie Team as the Mudbugs won the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship. The forward scored the winning goal in the championship after finishing second on the team in scoring during the regular season.
"He's a competitive player with the ability to put the puck in the net," Hardy said. "We're looking forward to adding his leadership and experience to our group."
Dowd, 17, appeared in 40 games (3-7-10) for the New Jersey Junior Titans last season. The Pt. Pleasant, N.J., native was part of the 2016-17 AYHL 16U National Championship team with the North Jersey Avalanche with fellow Steel players Cole Kodsi and Adam Robbins. Dowd is committed to Penn State University. He is described by Hardy as "a high-IQ defenseman with the ability to handle the puck and make plays."
The Steel also received Omaha's 2018 Phase 1 first-round pick as well as a 2020 Phase 2 first-round pick and Phase 1 fourth-round pick.
Nelson played in 112 games (15-20-35) over the prior two seasons with the Sioux Falls Stampede before being acquired by the Steel in June. He heads to Omaha along with Chicago's 2019 Phase 1 eighth-round pick.
The Steel will begin the 2018-2019 season in September. The USHL schedule is expected to be released later this month, and the team will announce dates for pre-season home games following the release. Season ticket plans, starting at just 5 games for $45 are on sale now. For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.
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