The pick is in, and the Tampa Bay Lightning has selected defenseman Dominik Masin with the 35th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman seems to be on a role with defensemen this year.
Last year, it was all about the forwards and goaltenders; however we have seemed to go a completely different direction. To be honest, I couldn’t be happier.
Taking into consideration the amount of defensemen that have entered the Lightning organization in the last two days, I have a feeling that we are going to see a lot of movement at this year’s Lightning Development Camp.
We all know that the main roster has a number of defensive needs coming into the 2014-15 season, and there are plenty of players in our development system right now that are looking to make the jump to the big leagues. With the addition of all the young defenseman in the last two days, the competition is going to be at an all-time high.
I think everyone’s first impression of Masin to come with his name. Despite what some may initially believe, his name is actually pronounced “Machine.” I mean, seriously…who doesn’t love a defenseman named “machine.”
The good news is, it seems that his play is very representative of his name.
In the 39 games he played with Slavia Jr. last season, he scored 2 goals and 19 assists for a total of 21 points. He served 102 minutes, the most of any player in the 2013-14 season.
The young defenseman also comes with plenty of leadership experience under his belt. Masin captained the Czech Republic team to the Bronze Medal in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial. He also captained the Czech team at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge.
To add even more leadership experience to his resume, he captained the Czech Republic team 2014 Under-18 World Championship. He scored 3 assists in this competition and led the team to the Silver Medal.
While we may not see him playing on the ice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum next season, this is certainly the type of defenseman that we want in our system. He is solid on both the offensive and defensive side of things, and has a lot of leadership ability. Who knows, one day we may be looking at a captain in the National Hockey League.
What do you think of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s latest addition? What do you think Masin will bring to the organization’s defensive core? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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