Jalen Chatfield is 22 years old and has just wrapped up his second season with the Utica Comets. An undrafted defenceman, the Canucks signed him to a three-year entry level deal with a cap hit of $765,000 in 2017.
He has been a sound defenceman in Utica but likely won’t make the jump to Canucks unless there are a number of injuries to some of the Canucks defencemen. He played junior with the Windsor Spitfires and won the CHL Memorial Cup in the 2016-17 season.
Like Chatfield, Mitch Eliot is a right-handed defenceman in the CHL who went undrafted before signing with the Canucks. Eliot was signed in December of 2018 and finished his season with the Sarnia Sting of the OHL. With the Sting this season, Eliot put up 55 points in 66 games.
Eliot is a defenceman with a fairly hard slapshot and is positionally sound and poised in his own end of the ice. Eliot will most likely play for the Utica Comets for all of or the majority of next season, and may actually be higher than Chatfield on the Canucks depth chart. The team will soon get a better understanding of what they really have in Eliot by the end of next season.