Trail Smoke Eater forward Chase Stefanek positioned for NHL draft

Chase Stefanek - 2024 NHL Draft Prospect. (Photo/ BCHL)

Chase Stefanek, forward with the BC Hockey Leauge’s Trail Smoke Eaters, has been named the 166th overall North American Skater for the 2024 NHL Draft.

The 17-year-old from California was third in scoring for the Smokies this past season, working alongside his older brother Spencer, putting up 35 points in 52 games played.

Stefanek was projected as early as a fifth-round pick in January’s upcoming draft.

If selected, he will become the first Smoke Eater to enter the draft since Kent Johnson went fifth overall to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Regardless of his future in the major leagues, Stefanek has signed a contract with Harvard University for the 2025-26 season.

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