As the 2019 NHL Draft approaches, we'll profile some of the top prospects available. Today we check out Robert Mastrosimone.
Weight: 170 lbs
NHL Central Scouting Ranking: No. 53 among North American Skaters
Robert Mastrosimone is considered an elite forward for his age with an admirable hockey pedigree. The Long Island native is a force on both ends of the ice and plays very physical despite his size. In 2014-15, Mastrosimone finished second in scoring for his Long Island Royals Bantam AAA Team in the AYBHL, a league that has produced NHL alumni such as Johnny Gaudreau, Kevin Labanc, Ivan Provorov, Daniel Sprong, and several other current players. He also played two seasons at the prestigious Shattuck St. Mary's School, where he produced 76 goals and 79 assists in 102 games played.
"A goal-scoring winger with one of the top shots among draft prospects," said Steve Kournianos of TSN.
After two years at Shattuck St. Mary's, Mastrosimone, who's nicknamed "Ducky" by his teammates, made the jump to the USHL, where he tallied 16 goals and 29 assists in 60 games for the Chicago Steel in his rookie season, enough to earn him a spot on the USHL All-Rookie First Team and an assistant captain position for his sophomore season. He improved his game going into his second season in the USHL, recording 30 goals and 29 assists in 51 games, finishing second in points for the Steel and ninth overall in the USHL. Mastrosimone was even featured in Sportscenter's Top 10 Plays at #5 in February for his goal against the Youngstown Phantoms.
Mastrosimone has excellent hands and a hard, accurate shot. He's been known throughout the junior level to have a lethal snipe that he's not afraid to use. He plays intelligently and with a lot of energy. He's a player who's always involved with the play and pounces on opportunities when he reads them. He was a member of the 2017 U.S Under-17 Select Team that won first place in the Five Nations Tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic, scoring 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 games, and the 2018 U.S Under-18 Select Team that placed fourth in the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup in Edmonton, scoring 1 goal and 3 assists in 4 games.
"Mastrosimone has a lot of quickness in his game, from his skating to his shot release," said Senior Writer of The Hockey News Ryan Kennedy.
Mastrosimone is committed to playing for Boston University next season, and while he's still too under-developed to be talked about as a first-line winger in the NHL, he has the potential to cement a spot as a second or third-liner for any team who picks him up.
"YOU'RE LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK"
"If he hits his lowest-case scenario for potential, there are still a lot of reasons why you want this guy. If he hits his higher potential, then you're laughing all the way to the bank." - A Scout, per The Hockey News