Ethan Prow

by Mark Allan on February 28, 2018


Ethan Prow, D

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 185

Born: 1992-11-17

Hometown:  Sauk Rapids, MN, USA

Drafted: Signed two-year deal as free agent, March 2016








February 2018 – A former Hobey Baker longlist finalist, St. Cloud State’s all-time blueline assists leader is making modest progress in his sophomore AHL season with two goals and 12 points in 27 games. A smallish defenseman, he’ll have to make the NHL based on his production, which means at least one more AHL campaign. Mark Allan


January 2018 – Getting into six AHL games before a three-game demotion to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, the former top-10 Hobey Baker finalist is back with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In 15 total AHL outings this campaign, he has a goal and six assists. While not dazzling scouts and opponents, he’s getting valuable pro experience, although it looks like he’ll need to be back in the AHL for 2018-19 before Pittsburgh seriously considers promoting him. Mark Allan


September 2017 – One of 21 would-be NHL Penguins assigned en masse to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to essentially cut Pittsburgh’s training camp in half, Prow has more incentive than most to play well enough to stay in the AHL. That’s because, in addition to 59 AHL games, he also played in one ECHL outing last seasonMark Allan 


June 2017 – Besides one two-assist game with the Wheeling Nailers to show him why he doesn’t want to play in the ECHL, the undrafted Hobey Baker longlist nominee played 59 times in the AHL, with a goal and 15 assists. Since he isn’t big and physical play isn’t his calling card, the skilled puck-mover and PP asset will have to earn his way to the NHL with offensive production, which means registering more than 16 points in his second pro campaign. Mark Allan

February 2017 – After one two-assist early-season game for the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers (shock therapy for the finesse blueliner?), Prow is a having a steady if unremarkable AHL campaign. The former long-list Hobey Baker candidate has one goal and nine assists in 37 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. It's his first pro season so there's lots of room for growth. Just don't expect any dramatic developments right away. Mark Allan

October 2016 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton demoted Prow to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. Prow is in his first full season of pro hockey after leading all NCAA defensemen with 38 points last season with St. Cloud State University. A long-list finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, Prow is a smallish, playmaking blueliner who has to learn how to play without the puck in the pros. Mark Allan

September 2016 – Lacking the resume of at least six defensemen ahead of him on Pittsburgh's depth chart, Prow was sent with 16 other players to the AHL. He got off to a slow start in limited exposurte to his first pro action last season, which he will be build upon in the AHL The finesse D-Man remains an intriguing prospect. Mark Allan

June 2016 – The NCHC player of the year, defenseman of the year and offensive defenseman of the year in his final season at St. Cloud State found the pros a tough go on an amateur tryout deal. He had one slim assist in five AHL league games and went pointless in two playoff contests. The puck-moving, playmaking defenseman will try to build on that during his two-year entry-level contract. Adding a bit of muscle and even a hint of a physical game wouldn't hurt his chances, although his game is built on finesse. Mark Allan

March 2016 – Late-blooming free-agent blueliner Ethan Prow is about to make his pro debut with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL after signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Having completed four seasons at hometown St. Cloud State, the 23-year-old long-list Hobey Baker candidate inked a two-year, entry-level contract after leading all NCAA defensemen in points and assists. The right-shooting puck-mover blossomed as a senior with career highs of eight goals, 30 assists, 38 points and a plus-minus of plus-29 in 37 games. Prow was the team captain and starred on the power play as the Huskies won the National Collegiate Hockey Conference title. The 6-foot, 185-pounder was the NCHC player of the year, defenseman of the year and offensive defenseman of the year as well as being named an NCHC first-team all-star.

In his 149 games for St. Cloud State, the former Des Moines Buccaneer in the USHL compiled 99 points (including 80 assists) and a plus-51 rating. Obviously a gifted playmaker, the Minnesotan totaled just 24 PIMs in four seasons at St. Cloud. Neither the AHL nor NHL Penguins should expect physical play from Prow, but they will expect puck movement, assists and smart positional play. If all works out for Prow, the finance major might one day sign a lucrative contract as a Paul Martin clone. He’ll be closely watched in the AHL post-season on an amateur tryout deal. Mark Allan


Fantasy Outlook: C--

He signed a two-way deal, indicating Pittsburgh doesn’t think he’s a sure-fire NHLer. He can prove otherwise by producing points while withstanding the physical play pros dish out.




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