Glenview’s Matt Ustaski has NHL dream in sight

Glenview’s Matt Ustaski (right) meets members of the Winnipeg Jets after being selected by the team during the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on June 28 in Philadelphia. | Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

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.”

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