2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile #41 - Dominik Masin
Our next profile is a strong defender out of the Czech Republic, Dominik Masin.
Team: HC Slavia Praha (U18/U20)
Date of Birth: February 1, 1996
Place of Birth: Mestec Kralove, CZE
Height/Weight: 6'2" / 194 lbs
Masin, a defenseman ranked 10th among European skaters, has risen through the ranks this season. Hailing from the Czech Republic, he's not an offensive defenseman by any means, but he piled up some assists this year with the U20 Slavia Praha team. His defensive prowess and improving offensive ability could make him the kind of defenseman that eventually becomes a cornerstone of a team's blue line.
Ryan Kennedy, TheHockeyNews.com: "A defensively staunch blueliner who can also put up some numbers at the other end, Masin has two goals and 18 points through 32 games in the Czech junior league. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has been a captain internationally and plays a responsible game."
Ben Kerr, Last Word on Sports: "He still needs a bit of work on his edgework but he has improved his speed and mobility over the course of the year. While he'll never be confused for a speedster, Masin has gotten to a level where his speed is average. His excellent positioning and hockey IQ are able to mask any deficiencies..."
Good fit for the Blue Jackets?
If you're looking long-term, and especially outside of the top 10, you're almost always looking long-term, Masin's game could be a great fit with the Blue Jackets. Based on the limited information out there, he seems like he could develop into slightly more physical, slightly less offensively gifted version of Fedor Tyutin. I think Tyutin still has some great hockey left in him, but he is now over 30, and beginning to develop a player that could replace him is an important thing to consider.
Masin already has the frame, leadership, and physicality. If his skating and offensive instincts continue to improve, he could be a real force. If Masin is available when the Blue Jackets select in the second round, I'd have no problem with Jarmo Kekalainen calling his name.