The Czech defender has a diverse toolbox that aims his trajectory toward a 5th defenseman slot in the NHL with a primarily shut-down role.
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April 2018 – After and underwhelming rookie campaign a year ago, Masin took strides as a sophomore and filled a void in the Crunch blueline, allowing him to improve on his offensive production from a season ago. Masin’s emergence in the AHL likely played a part in what allowed the Lightning to deal Libor Hajek to the Rangers in the swap for JT Miller and Ryan McDonagh. With the trade, Masin moves closer to the top of the defensive depth chart among prospects and could see NHL action as soon as next season. He likely will not be a full-timer with the Bolts for another year or two but his development trajectory is beginning to look like he could eventually slot in as a top-4 rear-guard. Brayden Olafson
March 2017 – Masin earned regular ice time with the Lighting’s AHL affiliate, Syracuse Crunch this season, though as expected, the offensive surge in which he demonstrated his final season in Peterborough failed to translate to the men’s league. The period of transition for Masin to the pro game may be a slow process, and the AHL may very well be his ceiling. The Czech is still relatively young, but to prove worthy of anything more than a pre-season audition he will need to make tremendous adjustments and improvements to both his offensive and defensive awareness. Brayden Olafson
April 2016 – Dominik Masin and the Peterborough Petes were bounced out of the first round of the OHL Playoffs by the North Bay Battalion after a decent year in the maroon and black. In his final year with the team at age 20, Masin kept his physical and defensive game constant. Masin also had a career year offensively, scoring 40 points through 57 games. Although that is a nice added bonus to a good year, that something one would not expect from him and most likely won’t happen again. Max Marko
January 2016 – Masin served as captain of Team Czech Republic in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships, tallying two points in five games. As Assistant Captain with Peterborough of the OHL, he has 16 points (five goals, 16 assists, 28PIM and an outstanding plus-22 rating ) in 35 games this year. Masin has proven to be a reliable defender with leadership qualities that all teams love to have in the dressing room. Still likely 2-3 years away from NHL consideration. Hayden Soboleski
June 2015 – As long as the Lightning do not expect much offense from the rangy Czech, they should be satisfied with what he does well. Although he isn’t much of a hitter, he effectively uses his height and strength to keep things tidy in his own end. Besides his physical gifts, Masin has leadership qualities, which he demonstrated as captain of the Czech squad that finished a surprising runner-up at the 2014 U-18 world championship. After deciding he wanted to play in North America, he progressed steadily with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes before season-ending surgery to repair a broken orbital bone, broken collarbone and a sinus injury suffered when he tumbled into an open visitors’ bench door. Masin totalled seven goals and 26 points with 70 PIMs in 48 games. A minus-13 rating indicates he needs to improve his defensive positioning. – Mark Allan