After a breakout sophomore season, Western Michigan right wing Matheson Iacopelli has signed an entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks drafted Iacopelli in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft, 83rd overall.
Iacopelli struggled through his rookie season with Western Michigan, registering just one goal on 45 shots on net. But in his second season, Iacopelli improved his foot speed and adjusted to the pace of college hockey one of the better true snipers in the college game, scoring 20 goals and 16 assists in 40 games to lead the Broncos in scoring.
We ranked Iacopelli as the 64th-best NHL prospect in the NCAA this past season. He’s a big winger, listed at 6-3 206 lbs., that excels at coming off the wing and using his quick hands to create space and change shot angles, then firing his heavy snap shot to create offense. Iacopelli projects as a lower line power forward at the next level, but could potentially contribute on the power play with his big shot.
Iacopelli signed a two-year contract that will begin next season.