Matt Ustaski


Glenview Illinois

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7th round (192nd overall), 2014


216 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


2010-11: Matt Ustaski skated for Lake Forest Academy in Illinois as a junior. 

2011-12: Ustaski scored 4 goals with 6 assists and 19 penalty minutes in 16 games for Lake Forest Academy in his senior season. 

2012-13: Ustaski headed west to play for the Langley Rivermen in the British Columbia Hockey League. He scored 11 goals with 16 assists and had 38 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games in his first season of junior hockey. Langley finished fourth in the Mainland Division and lost to eventual BCHL champion Surrey in a first round series. Ustaski had no points and 6 penalty minuets in four playoff games. 

2013-14: Ustaski attended the Chicago Blackhawks development camp before returning to Langley for his second season with the Rivermen. In October he committed to playing college hockey at Wisconsin in 2014-15. Ustaski led the Rivermen with 29 goals and had 20 assists and 30 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games. Langley finished first in the Mainland Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Ustaski scored 7 goals with 8 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. In his third year of draft eligibility he was selected by Winnipeg in the seventh round (192nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Ustaski was a productive scorer at the junior A level but is still fairly raw as a prospect at this point. His skill level and tactical play will have time to develop during his college career. His size and strength made it worth it for Winnipeg to take a late-round flier on the 20-year-old.


Ustaski is in his freshman season at the University of Wisconsin in 2014-15. Normall one of the top college programs in the country when it come to developing prospects, Wisconsin has one of the youngest teams in the nation and has struggled to score goals and win games at the beginning of the year. Ustaski should have plenty of time to reach his potential and that should give the Jets a better picture of his eventual impact at the pro level.

Some Winnipeg Jets late-round picks thriving in NCAA and Europe

by Patrick Allen

Photo: Minnesota State Mankato freshman C.J. Franklin help his team to a surprising and successful 2014-15 season. (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Minnesota State Mankato freshman C.J. Franklin helped his team to a surprising and successful 2014-15 season. (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

While most of their top end prospects are playing in the CHL, the Winnipeg Jets have dedicated their mid- to late round draft picks in years past to amassing a depth of players competing at the NCAA level as well as those playing overseas.

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