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Top 2024 NHL Draft Prospect Macklin Celebrini Sets USHL U17 Scoring Record

Top 2024 NHL Draft Prospect Macklin Celebrini Sets USHL U17 Scoring Record

Macklin Celebrini surpassed the USHL's single-season scoring record for a U17 player with by reaching 71 points.

Mar 6, 2023 by Chris Peters
Meet 16-Year-Old Sensation Macklin Celebrini

Macklin Celebrini made USHL history Sunday afternoon after putting up four points for the Chicago Steel in a 6-4 win over the Madison Capitols. Celebrini ran his season total to 71 points which is the most ever scored by a U17 player in a single season in the USHL. With his second goal of the game on Sunday, he also became the first U17 player in USHL history to eclipse 40 goals in a single season.

The Boston University commit leads the league in scoring by 12 points and has 11 more goals than the next closest player on the list. He is in the midst of one of the most impressive seasons in USHL history given his age and relative dominance in a league that is typically more difficult for young players to score in. 

Additionally, Celebrini has helped the Steel to the best record in the Eastern Conference and second overall in the USHL at 31-14-3-1. 

The U17 scoring record had stood for 11 years after Taylor Cammarata score 69 points as a rookie in 2011-12. Celebrini also passed a number of notable USHL alumni along the way to setting the record.

Notable U17 Seasons In USHL

Andrei Svechnikov, Muskegon Lumberjacks: 48 GP, 29-29--58

Jack Hughes, Team USA: 27 GP, 21-33--54

Kieffer Bellows, Sioux Falls Stampede: 58 GP, 33-19--52

Nick Schmaltz, Green Bay Gamblers: 64 GP, 18-34--52

Sam Gagner, Sioux City Musketeers: 56 GP, 11-35--46

Kyle Connor, Youngstown Phantoms: 62 GP, 17-24--41

Adam Fantilli, Chicago Steel: 49 GP, 18-18--36

Celebrini has further solidified his position as the early favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. He is expected to attend BU next season, accelerating his schooling to enter college a year early. After managing the transition from Shattuck-St. Mary's to the USHL as easily as he has this year, you'd have to think he'll be able to make an immediate impact in the college ranks next season.

Amazingly enough, Celebrini still has 13 games to go. If he maintains his current scoring pace, he could touch 94 points this season. Should he hit that number, it would give Celebrini the fifth-most productive season among any player in the USHL's Tier 1 era, which dates back 22 years.

While the hockey world focuses on the incredible season Connor Bedard is having, as they should be, those that are looking forward to next year's draft should definitely be getting excited about Celebrini as he does something we've never seen in the USHL before.