He is a machine. No, literally. Dominik Masin, pronounced MAH-shihn, is in his first season with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. He has started his North American hockey career with a bang, scoring five goals and thirteen points in 27 games.
The Lightning acquired the Czech defender in the second round, 35th overall, at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Masin is seen as a sturdy, physical defenseman with some offensive upside, as demonstrated in Peterborough this season.
Peterborough’s head coach, Jody Hull, describes Masin as an efficient skater, who is rarely out of position and is patient with his defending. Hull said there was a bit of a learning curve at the beginning of the season, but Masin has been adapting well. “He’s a physical defenseman…it’s been a little tough because we’ve thrown him into every situation.” Hull said.
Since the beginning of the year there have been some improvements in the young defender’s game. “He’s more comfortable. He is using his time on the ice more efficiently, he’s more aware of opportunities and is playing more responsibly.” said Hull. Playing big minutes and against oppossing top forwards will only aid Masin in his development.
The native of Mestec Kralove, Czech Republic, was recently named to the country’s World Junior selection camp roster, where he will be expected to help lead the d-corps. At the 2014 World Under-18 tournament he served as the team’s captain on a silver medal winning squad.
Before coming across the pond to play with the Petes, Masin spent time with HC Slavia Praha of the Czech junior league. Masin spent two seasons playing in the junior league, skating in 64 games and recording three goals and 24 points. In the 2013-14 season alone, Masin recorded a whopping 102 PIM, showcasing the snarl in his game.