Boston University Today’s Rusty Gorelick and Brian Kelley discuss the Boston University Terriers hockey team’s six NHL-drafted freshmen this morning. The Terriers’ freshman class includes two Wings prospects:
Detroit Red Wings, second round, 54th-overall pick
Mastrosimone, ranked 55th in the Hockey News predraft prospect rankings, comes off a prolific year with the Chicago Steel of the USHL, where he finished second on the team in points, with 60 (31 goals, 29 assists). The NHL website calls him one of the most underrated prospects in the draft in its recap of day five of the NHL Scouting Combine. The East Islip, N.Y., native can play across the front line, and his new coach touts his offensive ability.
“BU’s an awesome school, an awesome hockey program, and I’m so excited to get in there,” Mastrosimone says.
Detroit Red Wings, fourth round, 97th-overall pick
Mastrosimone’s future BU and Red Wings teammate Ethan Phillips was the other BU draftee who did not play for the NTDP, but he helped his USHL team, the Sioux Falls Stampede, to the league championship. The right winger had 43 points in 50 regular season games and 5 five points in 6 six playoff games. The Red Wings selected Phillips with the 97th-overall pick. O’Connell says Phillips will give the team a threat on the right side while also providing offensive versatility and a great competitive nature.