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Offensive defenseman that loves to get up in the rush. Could be a top-four guy down the road.


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September 2019 – Ferraro has hit the ground running this season with a good showing in the Sharks prospect camp and main camp respectively. He had a down year offensively last season but he’s showing that was more to do with a different role behind Cale Makar than any fault of his own. He was used at times on a pair with Ryan Merkley during prospect camp and he played well alongside a player who likes to free-wheel a bit. Of the two young defenders, Ferraro has a more rounded game and is closer to an NHL debut. Don’t be surprised to see him get a call up this season. Chris Legg


April 2019 – It’s amazing the difference a year can make when it comes to prospect development. Ferraro was once considered a very promising prospect, especially with regards to generating offense from the blue line. However, this was a down year for the defenseman in his sophomore season. This was in no small part due to phenom prospect Cale Makar taking up the prime offensive minutes for UMass. Ferraro will need to rebound in a big way next season if he’s going to make any headway in the Sharks organization. Chris Legg

November 2018 – Ferraro has posted only two points through ten games this season in the NCAA for UMass. Ferraro is an offensive defenseman and collecting points, particularly on the power-play, is a big part of his game. UMass has been clicking on the PP at a 33% rate and are 8-1-0 this season, so his troubles can’t be blamed on team struggles. That being said, as the team’s captain, Ferraro won’t be complaining about his start. Chris Legg

September 2018 – Mario Ferraro will be the next captain of the NCAA’s UMass after a stellar freshman season. Ferraro outscored even top prospect Cale Makar from the UMass blue line, on his way to setting a franchise record in points from a defenseman. Ferraro is a high energy tenacious offensive defender whose stock has risen this season. It’s starting to become clearer why the sharks chose to step up and take Ferraro in the second round of the 2017 draft when many scouts had him ranked in the third round or later. Ferraro showed well at development camp this summer and has reportedly added some muscle to his 5’11 frame. Ferraro has at least a chance of turning pro after his sophomore season if he continues to show improvement in the NCAA. Chris Legg

November 2017 – The Sharks reached a bit in the second round to select from the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers the left-handed Mario Ferraro. Ferraro likely came on the Sharks’ radar as his Bucs teammate Adam Parsells was a draft pick of the organization so plenty of viewings by the amateur scouts likely formulated San Jose’s high opinion of him.  

Ferraro is a smooth skater in all directions and while undersized by current NHL standards has a good frame to add bulk. He is a good distributor of the puck and has shown a good hockey IQ. However, his shot power is underwhelming and he will need to find a way to add mustard to an accurate shot from the point.

He is currently skating in the NCAA with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst so a full four-year career is likely in the cards for the King, City, Ontario native. His freshman year is well underway and he already has three goals and nine assists in 20 contests. Zachary DeVine

Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth September 17, 1998
Height 5‘10”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 2; Overall: 49


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Toronto Marlboros U15 AAAGTHL U15- - -- -|        
 2013-2014 Don Mills Flyers U16 AAAGTHL U1633 6 511 8|Playoffs2 0 00
  Don Mills Flyers U18 AAAGTHL U181 0 00 0|        
 2014-2015 Toronto PatriotsOJHL43 1 1112 28|Playoffs22 1 34 16 
  Toronto PatriotsDudley Hewitt Cup4 0 11 0|        
 2015-2016 Toronto PatriotsOJHL51 6 3440 46|        
 2016-2017 Des Moines BuccaneersUSHL60 8 3341 42|Playoffs3 0 00
 2017-2018 UMass (Amherst)NCAA39 4 1923 20|        
 2018-2019 UMass (Amherst)NCAA41 2 1214 23|        
 2019-2020 San Jose SharksNHL61 2 911 30|        
 2020-2021 San Jose SharksNHL- - -- -|