NJ Devils prospect Chase Stillman. Photo credit gopetesgo.com.
The NJ Devils recently assigned Stillman to the Utica Comets.
The NJ Devils drafted forward Chase Stillman in the first round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft at number twenty-nine overall. The nineteen-year-old was born in St. Louis, Missouri (his father played for the Blues) but grew up in Peterborough, Ontario. Like new teammates Tyce Thompson and Nolan Foote, Stillman has a brother playing in the National Hockey League, as his brother Reilly is a defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks.
One month after being drafted by the Devils, Stillman signed a three-year entry-level contract with the team. He played one and a half seasons for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League, Stillman finished his junior hockey career with his hometown Petes. Here’s what Elite Prospects had to say about the six feet, one inch, 183 pound Stillman:
Call it motor or energy or engagement or drive — Stillman has it. He is willing to go above and beyond, willing to play whatever role needed to the maximum of his ability to give his team the win. He knows when to go after to try and retrieve it, and will head to the best areas of the ice to get a scoring chance off.Elite Prospects 2021 NHL Draft Guide
Here are Stillman’s junior hockey statistics:
Chase Stillman was assigned to the Utica Comets on May 1st and did not play in their game on Tuesday night (May 10th). According to Ben Birnell of the Daily Sentinel, Comets coach Kevin Dineen said Stillman has an injury and will not play in the team’s first playoff series. Should the Comets advance past Rochester, it remains to be seen if he will get playing time when he returns from injury. Otherwise, Stillman could very well begin his professional career in Utica next season.