Blackhawks Sign Defenseman Ethan Del Mastro to Entry-Level Deal

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Blackhawks Sign Defenseman Ethan Del Mastro to Entry-Level Deal

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The Blackhawks announced on Friday morning that they’ve come to terms with 2021 fourth-rounder Ethan Del Mastro on a three-year entry-level contract.

Del Mastro’s contract runs through the 2024-25 season with an $878,333.33 salary cap hit. The Blackhawks selected Del Mastro with the 105th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and the 19-year-old defenseman spent the 2021-22 season playing for the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL.

The six-foot-four, 209-pound blueliner logged 48 points (seven goals, 48 assists) in 68 games for the Steelheads this season helping Mississauga punch their ticket to the OHL playoffs. Del Mastro also helped Canada to a gold medal during the 2021 IIHF World U18 Championships, notching two assists in seven games. Del Mastro also represented his country in the 2019 World U17 Hockey Challenge.

Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson praised Del Mastro’s budding two-way game:

“Ethan has made tremendous strides in his game over the last few years,” General Manager Kyle Davidson said. “He has really opened our eyes as he showcased a poise with the puck and ability to make plays on the rush this season. Combining those traits with an already strong defensive mentality gives us hope that there is still plenty of room for progression and growth in his game.”

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