The Blackhawks have cut their training camp roster from 63 players all the way down to 61 players. A more reasonable number. On Thursday evening, Chicago assigned 2021 NHL Draft picks Jalen Luypen and Ethan Del Mastro to their respective Junior clubs.
The Blackhawks assigned prospects Jalen Luypen and Ethan Del Mastro back to their Canadian junior teams this afternoon, cutting their training camp roster down to 61.
— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) September 30, 2021
Ethan Del Mastro, one of the Blackhawks’ two fourth-round draft picks in this summer’s NHL Draft, heads back to the Mississauga Steelheads in the OHL. Del Mastro missed all of last season in the OHL due to COVID restrictions in the league, but skated in 57 games with seven assists during the 2019-20 season. The 18-year-old defenseman’s only hockey during the 2020-21 season came with Team Canada’s U18 World Junior Championships squad, where he played in all seven games of the tournament and tallied two assists on his way to a Gold Medal. Mississuaga begins the OHL regular season on October 9th.
Jalen Luypen, one of the Blackhawks’ two seventh-round picks in this summer’s NHL Draft, heads back to the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL. Luypen has played the last three seasons with the Oil Kings in the WHL, skating in 23 games last season with 16 goals and 29 points. Edmonton begins the WHL regular season tomorrow, October 1st.
The Blackhawks are back in action tomorrow night, October 1st, against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center for their second game of the preseason.