Detroit Red Wings draftee Robert Mastrosimone, coming off his best season at Boston University, entered the NCAA transfer portal this week.
The news comes a couple of weeks after Boston University announced the firing of coach Albie O’Connell. He had a 58-49-16 record at BU.
Left wing Mastrosimone, 21, drafted 54th overall in 2019, will be a senior-eligible next season. As a junior, he produced 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 34 games. He’s a 5-foot-10, 170-pound winger. He is one of the higher profile players in the NCAA hockey portal.
It’s unknown whether the Red Wings discussed Mastrosimone turning professional.
Red Wing vs. Red Wing
The Red Wings are well represented in the Swedish Hockey League playoff semifinals. Farjestads BK Karlstad is playing Rogle BK in one semifinal, which means that Detroit-drafted defensemen Albert Johansson and William Wallinder will face each other.
The other semifinal feature Frolunda vs. Lulea. The Frolunda squad has defenseman Simon Edvinsson, plus forwards Elmer Soderblom and Theodor Niederbach. Lulea boasts forward Pontus Andreasson who is signing with the Red Wings’ organization as an undrafted free agent after his SHL season.
Playing on a line with former NHLer Linus Omark, Andreasson has seven goals and nine points in his first five playoff games.
Edvinsson, 19, will have an opportunity to make the Red Wings’ roster next season. The 6-foot-8 Soderblom took a quantum leap in his development this season, scoring 21 goals in the regular-season. Soderblom added four points in four games in the postseason. Plus, Niederbach had a two-assist game.
The Red Wings hope Edvinsson develops into a difference-maker on the blue line. He’s a 6-foot-4 defenseman who isn’t shy about stickhandling with the puck deep into the offensive zone. He’s a strong skater with a penchant for making things happen on the ice.