The Ottawa Senators have made their first off-season (?) move, signing forward prospect Mark Kastelic to a three-year entry-level contract.
Kastelic, a 21-year-old centre from Phoenix and son of former NHLer Ed Kastelic, was a fifth round pick from the Sens in 2019 draft after being passed over the two years prior. Captaining the Calgary Hitmen, Mark has served as a menacing physical presence as well as being their top goal scorer for the last two seasons. Over five seasons, he’s risen to score the third most goals in franchise history for the Hitmen with 126.
Additionally, his strong performance has seen him named to the WHL’s Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team for the second straight year. His 68 points in 58 games this season is a rate just above what he posted last season, both rounding to 1.17 points per game.
With the rest of the WHL season and Memorial Cup tournament both officially cancelled, this off-season was the Senators’ only chance to sign Kastelic before he ages out of the CHL. He’ll be expected to turn pro next season with either the Belleville Senators or Brampton Beast.
Welcome to the Sens, Mark Kastelic!