After being drafted last month, Matt Ustaski has to be ready.
The Glenview native and Lake Forest Academy grad was selected 192nd overall in the NHL draft by the Winnipeg Jets. Though he will play college hockey for Wisconsin, the Jets could sign him to a professional contract at any time over the next four years — even in the middle of the season.
Ustaski will not be on edge.
“I hope to have a really good year and take it by a year-to-year basis,” he said. “I have four years of eligibility here, so there’s really no rush to go into pro hockey.”
Ustaski is a big center who dominates faceoffs and displays remarkable quickness and hand-eye coordination.
“He’s got very, very good hands, especially for a big man, and an extremely good shot,” said Darrin Madeley, Ustaski’s coach at Lake Forest Academy. “He’s a monster. He’s 6-6, 225. You can’t teach size.”