Here’s what we know:
Born: Jan 24, 2001
GP: 54, G: 31, A: 29 Chicago (USHL)
GP: 11, G: 7, A: 8 Chicago Playoffs
GP: 4, G:0, A:1 US U-18
41th: 0.19 GPG NHL Projected. 0.25 APG NHL Projected.
What are other people saying?
Here’s what Future Considerations says:
Ranked 47th: While he is a good two-way center, he is not a great skater and generates very little separation speed although he has good edge work. Foot speed is currently a concern, but his mechanics look good, so he should be fine once he adds more lower-body strength. Seems to struggle when pace and intensity turns up. Has a quick, accurate release on his shot, and he is an expert at using toe-drags to get around defenders and pick his spots. Protects the puck well thanks to smooth, confident hands, and can recognize when to slow down the play and wait for new opportunities to present themselves. Has excellent instincts with the puck and is a dangerous offensive player. He is an elite passer and has a great instinct when he sees a scoring opportunity. Displays awareness and hockey IQ, instinctively reading the flow of play in order to find passing lanes with the puck and find open ice and gaps in coverage without it. Always seems to be involved in the play because he thinks one step ahead. Shows nice stick work on defense and puts the effort in on the backcheck. Works hard in the corners in the defensive zone, but needs to work onhis overall body strength to keep up at the next level. A high-energy player, he utilizes an aggressive brand of hockey as an active checker, creating turnovers.
Here’s what The Draft Analyst says:
Ranked 22nd: A goal-scoring winger with one of the top shots among draft prospects, Mastrosimone is a line-driving puck hound with outstanding anticipation and an acute understanding of play development. He makes others around him more dangerous because his speed, shot, and commanding presence on the ice keeps opponents fixated on him. Bound for Boston University and a native of Long Island, Mastrosimone is very quick skater with excellent balance and agility who can be an inside player, but his ability to blister the puck from the left circle keeps both defenders and the goalie honest during his entries. He is very consistent in his ability to maintain control of the puck through traffic. His office during the power play can be found in either circle, and Mastrosimone is quite partial to his hard, accurate one-timer. He loves to play physical and will look to deliver a big hit in open ice. He also kills penalties and is reliable enough to put on the ice in late-game scenarios. Chicago owned one of the USHL’s top attacks this season, and his chemistry with center Nick Abruzzese was obvious during the playoffs when Mastrosimone led all forwards in scoring with seven goals and 15 points in 11 games. He is also an active penalty killer and can be trusted on the ice in late-game situations in the defensive zone. Unlimited potential and a sleeper for the first round of the draft.
This seems like a good pick at this point in the draft. After taking two defensemen, Detroit takes a forward, and there’s a lot to like with this pick. Future Consideration refers to him as an elite passer, and it seems like he is a player with a high ceiling, especially at this pick.