Ian Mitchell is not eligible to play for the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers or Playoffs, but the team officially signed him to a three-year entry-level contract with a $2.775 million salary cap hit ($925,000 per season) on Thursday.
Mitchell agreed to terms with Chicago in April to forgo his senior season at the University of Denver and turn pro, but the question remained whether he’d sign for the 2019-20 or 2020-21 season. The defenseman opted for the latter and his contract will begin next season. Scott Powers of The Athletic first reported the news.
The window for Mitchell to make his decision opened at 11 a.m. Central time Monday (the third day after the Collective Bargaining Agreement went into effect) and ran through 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Mitchell, a second-round pick (No. 57) in the 2017 NHL Draft, led all Denver defensemen in goals (10), assists (22) and points (32) in 36 games during his junior season. The 21-year-old helped Canada win the Spengler Cup in December in Davos, Switzerland, scoring one goal and one assist in four games.
Here are the expected details...— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 15, 2020
Ian Mitchell #Blackhawks
3 year ELC starting in 2020-21
Cap hit of $925,000 and AAV $1,775,000, with all 3 seasons breaking down as follows:
$850,000 'A' PB
$70,000 minorhttps://t.co/TBG2h1QShh https://t.co/umnojnjB76
Mitchell’s contract can contain a signing bonus payable next season, as long as it’s dated to be paid after the opening of this offseason free agent signing period, which starts following the 2020 NHL Draft (scheduled for Oct. 9-10) and the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final.