Player: Dominik Masin
Drafted By: Tampa Bay Lightning (35th overall)
Final Central Scouting Ranking: No. 10 European skater
Height/Weight: 6'2'', 189 lbs
DOB: February 1, 1996 (18 years old)
Most Recent Affiliation: Slavia Praha (Czech Republic)
Let the nicknames begin. Masin's name is pronounced like "machine," so you know he'll have some very interesting nicknames as soon as he gets to North America.
Masin is a great leader and served as captain of the Czech Republic team at the World Juniors last year. They went on to capture the silver, which surprised a lot of people.
Last season, Masin scored two goals and accumulated 21 points in 39 games playing for Salvia Praha, a junior team in the Czech Republic. He added three assists in seven games at the World Juniors.
Masin was ranked the 10th-best European skater this year by Central Scouting. His leadership qualities only add to the list of reasons scouts are interested in Masin.
Full Scouting Report
Masin has great intangibles. He is smart, heady and a clutch player. During the World Juniors last year, not only did he serve as captain of the Czech Republic squad, but he was on the ice in almost all key situations.
Masin is very good at taking the right angles on opposing forwards, and he has excellent hockey smarts. The potential is there for him to develop into a more complete and well-rounded defenseman.
One scout told The Hockey News in their Draft Preview issue, "He played mostly a defensive role in Finland [at the World Juniors], but you can see him jumping into the play as a two-way defenseman, as well."
Most observers like the way Pettersson thinks of the game positionally and how he anticipates things both with and without the puck.
Most scouts were very impressed by Masin's leadership qualities. Before the draft, TSN's Craig Button added, "Dominik helps a team win some way, some how. His poise is outstanding yet he competes with it at an very high level. Makes a difference in so many ways and his actions and leadership speaks volumes about his winning intentions."
The consensus on Masin is that he will be a reliable two-way defenseman once he is fully developed and matures.
Trent Klatt of the New York Islanders described Masin as, "a very versatile player. He's steady, smooth and efficient, but not a flashy guy by any means. Skates well, reads the play well and makes good decisions with the puck."
NHL Player Comparison
Masin is best compared to Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers. He has decent size, is smart with the puck in his own zone and can put up respectable, but not spectacular, offensive numbers. Most importantly, like McDonagh, Masin is a leader who gives his team intangibles both on the ice and in the locker room.
Masin is smart and already has more size than most 18-year-olds, but defensemen tend to take a little longer to develop than forwards. Look for Masin to quickly adjust to life in North America once he commits to coming here. His most likely NHL arrival will be in 2016-17.
Masin is capable of being a top-four defenseman who sees plenty of important ice time and becomes a leader in the locker room. Offensively, he probably tops out at around 10 goals and 35 points a season, but he should have some very strong plus/minus ratings, kill penalties and make the players around him better.