American winger Teddy Stiga has really boosted his 2024 NHL Draft stock

Photo credit:Steven Ellis/Daily Faceoff
Ryan Pike
1 month ago
In every NHL Draft class, there’s a player that seemingly comes out of nowhere to surprise onlookers on draft weekend. In the 2024 NHL Draft, there are several promising players that have risen in the rankings throughout the past 12 months.
One of the most impressive rising draft prospects has been U.S. National Development Program winger Teddy Stiga, who’s forced his way into the first-round conversation with a very impressive season.

Scouting report

Born in Sudbury, Massachusetts – located west of Boston – Stiga is an April 2006 birthday. He’s a left shot winger listed at 5’10” and 176 pounds.
Stiga came up through Boston area minor hockey, including spending some time as teammates with Tij Iginla with the Boston Jr. Eagles – Tij’s dad, former NHLer Jarome Iginla, was a coach with that team. From there, Stiga found his way to the illustrious U.S. National Development Program; he spent 2022-23 with their under-17 team and 2023-24 with their under-18 team. He represented the United States at the World Under-17 Challenge (winning gold) and the Under-18 World Championships (winning silver).
He’s committed to Boston College for the 2024-25 season.
Stiga was pretty good in 2022-23, but he turned a lot of heads with his progression throughout the past year.
Here’s what Dobber Prospects’ David Saad wrote about Stiga in April:
It’s getting harder and harder to deny Teddy Stiga’s ability to take over a hockey game, the NTDP-ATV may not always blow up on the scoresheet, but his two-way play cannot go unnoticed. After some time apart, Stiga was recently re-united with NTDP leading scorer James Hagens and the two have been near unstoppable at the USHL level combining for 31 points in 10 games. Stiga’s absurd intelligence and speed make sure he’s never too far from the action and his ability to create turnovers with good body positioning and simple puck plays make sure the puck is always going his direction. Even when things get tough, his ability to adapt, to both recognize and play with what the opponent gives him makes his NHL translatability very real. All the cards point to him being a very interesting prospect come the U18s; he’s going to see a lot of ice-time with a lot of eyes on him. He may not ever be a headliner but Stiga is that top 6 winger you want stapled on to your star player, the perfect enabler. Don’t be surprised if he skyrockets up end of season boards, he’s legit.
Also in April, Daily Faceoff’s Steven Ellis wrote about how Stiga’s elevated his stock over the past 12 months:
It doesn’t seem to matter who Stiga plays with on the USNTDP because he makes it work with just about anyone in any specific scenario. The question heading into the season was seeing who on the USNTDP would step up beyond Cole Eiserman and James Hagens. Many players swapped places throughout the season, but Stiga is entering the U-18 World Championship in Finland later this month sitting third in team scoring with 29 goals and 65 points.
Versatile players will always find work in the NHL. Stiga might not be a big-time producer in the big leagues, but he’s works so hard, plays strong defensively, has a great hockey IQ and can play the power play and penalty kill. For a smaller player, Stiga doesn’t lack confidence or drive out there because he knows what he does well, what he needs to do better, and how to utilize all of that to his advantage.
Stiga’s not a gigantic physical specimen, but he’s shown a ton of pep, drive and versatility – especially this season. He’s the type of player pretty much every NHL club could use.

The numbers

During the season with the National Development Program’s under-18 team, Stiga had 36 goals and 43 assists for 79 points over 61 games. He had six goals and five assists for 11 points over seven games at the Under-18 Worlds, where he served as an alternate captain. (He led all players in plus/minus at the U18s, if that moves the needle for you.)
In National Development Team games against USHL teams, Stiga was second on his team in points – only 2025 top prospect James Hagens had more – and on a points-per-game basis in USHL competition, Stiga ranked fourth overall. Only Hagens, Trevor Connelly and Cole Eiserman had more points-per-game in that circuit.

Availability and fit

Stiga’s got a lot of things going for him, including the fact that Flames senior advisor Jarome Iginla is undoubtedly familiar with his game from their time together in Boston. But even throwing out the Iginla factor, Stiga’s a smart, toolsy, versatile winger. If he could play centre it would maximize his potential usefulness, but as it stands, it’s hard to argue that he’s not a potential Swiss army knife of a player.
The challenge with Stiga is he’s sort of all over the place in terms of the public draft rankings. He’s been as high as 13th (per the Hockey News’ Tony Ferrari) and also appeared in the first round on another five recent rankings. But he’s also slipped into the early-to-mid second round on other rankings. He’s not a huge kid, so that might cause him to slide a little bit on draft weekend… but he’s not small, so any size-related slide would be fairly minimal.
He’s the type of player that is probably available for selection with the 28th overall pick, acquired from Vancouver in the Elias Lindholm trade, but it seems unlikely that he slips to the Flames’ second-round spots.

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