OHL Prospect Profile: Ethan Del Mastro

– Ethan Del Mastro –

Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) | Left Defence | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Toronto, Ontario | 6-foot-1, 181-pounds | January 15th, 2003

Ethan Del Mastro is a big, strong defenceman who excels at defending his own zone. Another along a massive blue line for the Toronto Marlboros, Del Mastro has shown smooth skating abilities and a knack for carrying the puck into the offensive zone.

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He displays excellent instincts and is as reliable as they come to defend the house. A big body and a strong processor of the game, Del Mastro consistently throws effective checks to separate the body from the puck. He is one of the most dependable defensemen in the ’03 OHL Draft class.

Strengths:

  • Skating & Agility
  • Positional Sense
  • Power & Strength

A smooth skating pivot, Del Mastro maintains excellent gap control against opposing zone entries. He consistently forces opponents into the walls and corners, if not eliminating them with a booming check. Del Mastro displays tremendous sense of the ice by being positionally sound in all three zones, most notably below the dots in the d-zone.

With a powerful lower-body, Del Mastro is extremely strong on his feet and isn’t afraid to meet an opponent at the blue line or in the neutral zone with a clean, devastating hit. Plain and simple, he is not a fun defenceman to go up against. Del Mastro also shows intriguing offensive upside through smart shot selection and good puck distribution from the blue line. He also has a very dangerous slap shot when he is able to get it on net.

Area of Improvement:

  • Top Speed
  • Shot Accuracy

Del Mastro has the defensive aspects of his game down flat. The only points of improvement would come in developing a more potent two-way game in order to become a true can’t-miss prospect. For starters, he could improve his top speed on the rush. As mentioned, Del Mastro doesn’t shy away from lugging the puck through the neutral zone, where some extra speed could make him a true offensive threat.

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Along the blue line, Del Mastro can organize and lead the Marlies’ forecheck. He has a powerful shot, but could make a greater impact by finding a way to get the puck on net with greater frequency. These few improvements could help Del Mastro to challenge amongst the top tier of 2003-born defensemen.

Future Potential:

Ethan Del Mastro is a reliable and effective defender for the Toronto Marlboros, showcasing tremendous strength and sense in the defensive zone. He displays intriguing offensive potential, but forecasts as more of a stay-at-home defender at the next level. Del Mastro can shut down opposing first lines and limit scoring chances against wit consistency.

Showing an efficient game that should transition well into the OHL level, Del Mastro projects as a mid-to-late second round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft.

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