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By the Numbers Prospects: Robert Mastrosimone and Ethan Phillips

Both recent draftees are headed to Boston University this fall, joining 2017 pick Kotkansalo

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

By the Numbers will highlight the on-ice accomplishments in the 2018-19 season for the Detroit Red Wings' prospects. Twice a week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player in the system, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on forwards Robert Mastrosimone and Ethan Phillips.

They were not the biggest players the Detroit Red Wings drafted this past June in Vancouver, but that doesn't mean they can't be big pieces of the team in the future.

The Wings took East Islip, New York native Robert Mastrosimone in the second round, 54th overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: "Detroit's a great city, a great team. I'm happy to be there."Hear from Robert Mastrosimone after being selected 54th overall in the 2019 #NHLDraft. | #DRWDraft pic.twitter.com/7GGHkEGJZR

Two rounds later, the Wings took Canadian center Ethan Phillips 97th overall.

Mastrosimone is listed as 5-foot-10, 170 pounds and Phillips is listed at 5-foot-9, 146 pounds.

If there is one thing that is considered Mastrosimone's trademark, it is his competitive nature.

At the draft, Mastrosimone said he was a hard-working, 200-foot forward who is willing to block a shot in the defensive zone.

That was on display during development camp the following week as Mastrosimone suffered a broken right ankle blocking a shot during the Red and White Game on the final day of camp, putting him on the shelf for 4-6 weeks.

Phillips already had a strong connection to the Wings as his family was Filip Zadina's billet family when Zadina played for the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads.

Tweet from @Ethanlaphillips: So happy to be in Motown! A dream come true #RedWings pic.twitter.com/yS94XL1KUG

As soon as Zadina found out that the Wings had drafted Phillips, he contacted the Wings to make sure the two would be able to room together during development camp.

Both Mastrosimone and Phillips will be heading to Boston University this fall, giving them four years to develop physically while playing high-level college hockey.

They will be welcomed by defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo, who was drafted by the Wings in the third round, 71st overall, in the 2017 draft.

The two forwards were able to meet Kotkansalo at development camp and are looking forward to playing with him on the Terriers.

54 -- Mastrosimone played 54 games for the USHL's Chicago Steel last season, which ranked only 11th on the team.

31 -- The crafty forward led the Steel in goals last season, two more than Nicholas Abruzzese.

29 -- In addition to the 31 goals, Mastrosimone added 29 assists, which was fifth on the Steel. Abruzzese led with 51 assists in 62 games.

60 -- Mastrosimone's 60 points ranked second on the Steel to Abruzzese's 80 points. Matteo Pietroniro was third with 49 points in 62 games.

28 -- Mastrosimone had 28 penalty minutes with the Steel, tied with Uula Ruikka and Adam Gajarsky. Pietroniro led the team with 102 penalty minutes.

6 -- Mastrosimone played six games for Team USA's U19 team in the 2018 World Junior A Challenge, a tournament the Americans won.

4 -- In the 2018 World Junior A Challenge, Mastrosimone had two goals and two assists, tied in points with fellow Wings prospect Ryan O'Reilly (fourth round, 98th overall, 2018 draft), Parker Ford, Zachary Jones and Luke Johnson. Bobby Brink led the team with eight points.

5 -- Mastrosimone also suited up for Team USA's U18 team in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, playing five games and recording five points, three goals and two assists. Nicholas Robertson, Luke Toporowski John Farinacci, Grant Silianoff and Mitchell Miller also chipped in five points apiece. Josh Nodler led the team with seven points.

Quotable: "He looked good. He's another one that physically needs to put the work in in the gym. But he's going to college, going to a good university in B.U. Good hands, really good sense, good competitiveness. We liked what we saw." -- Shawn Horcoff, Red Wings director of player development

Quotable II: "I think it's going to be a great year. BU is an awesome school, an awesome hockey program and I'm so excited to get in there. I know a bunch of the guys, there's a bunch here and we all met. We had lunch (before the draft). I think it's going to be really fun." -- Mastrosimone

50 -- Phillips played 50 games for the USHL's Sioux Falls Stampede, which ranked just 15th on the team.

16 -- The small forward scored 16 goals for the Steel, sixth on the team and tied with Blake Bride. Artyom Ivanyuzhenkov and Anthony Romano were tied for the team lead with 26 goals apiece.

27 -- In addition to his 16 goals, Phillips had 27 assists, which ranked fourth on the Stampede. Cade Borchardt and Maxwell Crozier were tied for the team lead with 33 assists each.

6 -- Phillips played in six playoff games for the Stampede, which went on to win the Clark Cup.

5 -- In those six games, Phillips had a goal and four assists, which ranked 10th on the team but in half the number of games. Andre Lee and Crozier led with 11 points apiece but each played 12 playoff games.

21 -- Phillips also played 21 games for the Selects Hockey Academy 18U team in Midget.

19 -- In those 21 games, Phillips had nine goals and 10 assists. The previous season, Phillips had 31 goals and 37 assists in 45 games with Selects Hockey Academy 16U team.

Quotable: "Physically he came in, I'm not too sure what he weighed but not big at all, has a long ways to go in the gym. He knows that. So another one he's going to B.U. along with Mastrosimone. We also have (Kasper) Kotkansalo there so we got a really strong presence Boston this year at the university there. I liked him in development camp. Really skated very well, good hands, he can shoot the puck. Lots to like." -- Horcoff

Quotable II: "It's pretty cool. I think we're all working toward the same spot. Maybe we can help each other. Maybe we can push each other. Kind of take it day by day and see where everything goes. He's (Mastrosimone) a goal scorer and I'm more of a passer, so maybe we'll work well together. I guess we'll find out once we get there." -- Phillips

Quotable III: "I think it's great. They have a great facility, great school, competitive program and there's no rush. They can go there for four years, play hockey, get an education, train properly, eat properly. It's a great situation. We're happy for them to go there." -- Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman

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