Ducks centers Isac Lundestrom and Sam Steel accepted their one-year, two-way qualifying offers on Friday, which will pay each of them $874,125 for 2021-22 if they make the NHL team’s roster or $70,000 if they play for the San Diego Gulls of the AHL.
Lundestrom, 21, set career highs with six goals, nine points and 41 games last season after he had six goals and 21 points in 43 games with the Gulls in 2019-20. He recorded his first NHL hat trick in the Ducks’ loss to the St. Louis Blues on March 1.
Steel, 23, had six goals for the third consecutive season and also had six assists in 42 games in 2020-21. Overall, he has 18 goals and 27 assists in 129 games over three seasons in the NHL, all with the Ducks.
Lundestrom was the Ducks’ first-round pick in 2018 (23rd overall). Steel was a first-round selection in 2016 (30th overall).
Lundestrom, Steel, Max Comtois, Max Jones and Josh Mahura were each given qualifying offers before the July 26 deadline, preventing them from becoming unrestricted free agents. Comtois and Jones, who are left wings, and Mahura, a defenseman, can still sign new contracts or accept their qualifying offers.
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