Blackhawks Ink Defenseman Prospect Ian Mitchell to Entry-Level Contract
The defenseman figures to compete for an NHL spot right away when the Blackhawks enter training camp next season
One question that has been lingering around the Blackhawks was the future status of one of their top prospects, Ian Mitchell. Many followers of the team have wondered why Mitchell had yet to sign and some had wondered if the 21-year-old would ultimately sign with Chicago.
Blackhawks fans can exhale because Ian Mitchell has finally signed an entry-level deal with Chicago, as first reported by Barstool Sports Chicago’s Ryan Brandell. The 5-foot-11 defenseman has spent the last three seasons at the University of Denver.
Mitchell was the captain of Denver’s hockey squad this past season and was an assistant captain on Team Canada’s World Junior team in 2019. With some leadership already under his belt, Mitchell will now get to learn the ropes from the likes of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook on Chicago’s blue line.
In three seasons at Denver, Mitchell tallied 18 goals, 71 assists, and was a plus 42 for the Pioneers. The highly-touted prospect will look to infuse some youth into an aging Blackhawks defensive unit along with 19-year-old Adam Boqvist.
Mitchell has elite speed and plenty of offensive upside, as seen in this highlight-reel goal in Denver.
Mitchell was selected in the second round (#57 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Blackhawks. The defenseman figures to compete for an NHL roster spot right away when the Blackhawks enter training camp next season. General manager Stan Bowman may need to clear some bodies from a crowded defensive group for Mitchell. Nonetheless, Bowman has locked up an important piece of the Blackhawks’ future.