Dominik Masin THW Close-Up:
Date of birth: 2/1/1996
Place of birth: Mestec Kralove
Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 194 lbs
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2014
THW The Next Ones Rankings (January 2014): not ranked
THW War Room Rankings (April): 102
Future Considerations: not ranked
Craig Button: not ranked
An impressive U18’s can do wonders for a prospect during their draft year. As was the case with Czech defender Dominik Masin. The 6’2″ two-way blueliner captivated scouts with his strong showing and leadership qualities captaining Czech Republic to a silver medal.
Don’t try to beat him on the wing as Masin isn’t afraid to lay a hipcheck on anyone. He’s a defensman first, puck-mover second. He has an effective pokecheck and great defensive positioning. He masterfully cuts down lanes and keeps the play to the perimeter, but he also shows offensive tendencies.
A poised puckhandler, Masin doesn’t shy away from controlling the game. As a defenseman he has the puck on his stick the majority of the time and has great vision around the ice. He size allows him to have a hard, accurate slapshot, which he used in the U18’s. Masin is a smart player and not that far from the NHL.
Where Will He End Up In June:
Had it not been for the tournament, Masin possibly could have been scooped up in the middle or late rounds, but he’s more likely to get picked in the 2nd or 3rd round.
“Hard-nosed defensive defenseman who is positional strong and aggressive playing inside his limits to stop attackers. At this juncture, is only middle of the road in terms of passing, carrying, and mobility. He manages to do a solid job blocking shots, handling one on ones, clearing the crease, and sealing the opposition on the boards. He takes pucks away and reads play well. Hits with authority and makes the play out of the zone well. It is a question as to whether teams see a significant upside.”
Bill Placzek – Draftsite.com
“Mašín is a versatile defenseman with leadership abilities who has been steadily moving up the ranks of the 2014 prospects. The versatile defenseman profits from his size (6’2″) which allows him to stand tall in his own end, but also be a threat on the blue line. He’s not much of a physical force when it comes to hitting, but he does his job back in the defensive zone. Masin has also displayed consistency throughout the season, steadily improving his game as the season has progressed.”
Masin has suited up for the Czech Republic eight times winning a silver medal in 2014.
Risk: 2/5 Reward: 3.5/5
1st or 2nd pairing two-way defenseman that can play in every situation.
Strong point shot
Clogs up lanes
Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:
Fantasy Hockey Potential:
Offensive: 5/10 Defensive: 8/10
NHL Player Comparison:
– NHL comparison: Dion Phaneuf
THW’s The Next Ones prospect profile template design architect: Chris Ralph
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