Jake Livanavage – 2022 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Jake Livanavage

2021-22 Team: Chicago Steel (USHL)
Date of birth: May 6, 2004
Place of birth: Gilbert, Arizona, United States
Height: 5 ft 10 Weight: 161 lbs
Shots: L
Position: D
NHL Draft Eligibility: Eligible for the first year in 2022


Jake Livanavage finished the 2021-22 season with three goals and 42 assists in 61 regular season games for Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League (USHL). The smooth-skating defenseman flourished on the stretch and quickly caught the eye of professional scouts. He moved up 36 spots on the NHL Central scouting list for North American skaters during the season.

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Because he is currently a high school junior, Livanavage will play one more season in the USHL before starting his NCAA career at the University of North Dakota in the fall of 2023. He spoke about the tradition of the success at UND and how the lure of playing in a winning environment factored into his decision to join.

“I obviously want to win like every other player in this game, and I feel like the past and what they have been is amazing and how they always win. They keep winning no matter what. coaches have coached at all levels like I said so they know what it takes to win and what it takes to take you to the next level,” he said. The ice rink live in February.

The Fighting Hawks have won eight national championships in their history. Notable alumni Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise and TJ Oshie went from the program to successful NHL careers. Former head coach Dave Hakstol now holds the same position for the Seattle Kraken after making the leap to the pro ranks with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2015. Experience against the highest level of competition the NCAA has to offer will be advantageous to Livanavage in its pursuit. of a career in the NHL.

Livanavage had his fair share of fine passing plays for Chicago in 2021-22. His distributing work in the offensive zone, particularly on the power play, made him stand out as a defenseman with the potential to quarterback an attack from the back. The high price of puck-moving defensemen in the NHL will help its draft stock in Montreal in July.

The Arizona native first wore rollerblades back when he could walk, and he worked most of his life with skating coach Boris Dorozhenko of Be Awesome Hockey. The development of his skating stride and hip movement became a major strength of his skills as a mobile defender. While his attacking appeal will be the main attraction for NHL teams, Livanavage has also been working to develop his all-around game to prepare for the higher levels of competition he will face in his future.

He also competed for Team USA at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in August 2021 in a “sort of coming out party” according to Sports 360 AZ. He scored two goals and added two assists in four games as “a major positive for the Americans” despite disappointing results for the team.

Livanavage is the half-brother of Johnny Walker, the all-time leading scorer in hockey history at Arizona State University. He wears the number seven as a tribute to his older brother, whom he credits with helping him develop a love for hockey.

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Jake Livanavage – NHL Draft Projection

Livanavage will likely exit the board in the third or fourth round in July. His offensive advantage is enough to attract teams with a priority for puck-moving defensemen in the modern NHL landscape. As a high school junior with another full season before he even begins his NCAA career, teams will be confident that his size and strength can grow by the time he reaches the NHL.


“While his performance at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup was something of a celebration for Livanavage, perhaps that only scratches the surface of what he can achieve as a player. His attacking skill set cannot be developed through coaching, and at just 17, he still has plenty of room for him to blossom into an even more dominant force than he is now.–Evan ​​Oscherwitz, Sports 360 AZ

“I like to model my game after Jared Spurgeon as an undersized D man. I think he brings a lot of competition; he plays great on both sides of the puck and excels on the power play. –Jake Livanavage via Jesse Courville-Lynch (fan side)


  • Skating stride, overall skating ability
  • Distribution of the puck from the point (especially on the power play)
  • Statistical significant improvement from first year in USHL to second year
  • Continuous defensive game development

Under construction – Improvements to be made

  • Size and strength (maturity)
  • Full defensive game

NHL potential

Livanavage compared himself to Spurgeon, who played in 833 regular season and playoff games in 12 NHL seasons. Emulating the style of the 5-foot-9, 167-pound Minnesota Wild captain would help him reach his greatest potential at the NHL level. If he can’t develop his full game as well as Spurgeon, he could still have a useful role as a power-play specialist who doesn’t take on as much defensive responsibility as his teammates. Shayne Gostisbehere has made a career of making killer offensive plays, particularly as a power-play quarterback, never becoming a stingy defender in his own zone.

Risk-reward analysis

Risk 4/5, Reward 4/5

Fantasy hockey potential

Attack 9/10, Defense 5/10

Awards/ Achievements

Livanavage helped the Steel win the Clark Cup as USHL champions in their rookie season in 2020-21. He competed as a member of Team USA in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in 2021.

Jake Livevanavage’s Stats


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