At #34 in our draft preview rankings is Adam Mascherin, left wing for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.
One can’t help but notice Mascherin’s jaw-dropping shot. His shot has a lightning-quick release, it’s powerful, and it’s accurate. Words don’t do it justice – watch the film.
Mascherin isn’t just a cannon on skates, either. He plays with speed and skill, and has a great work ethic both on and off the ice. Because opponents must respect his shot, passing opportunites open up and Mascherin will take advantage of them.
The biggest concern about Mascherin, of course, is his size – 5’10”. If he was 6′ or taller, he’d be a clear first-round pick. However, he’s a surprising 205 lbs. at that height and he excels at using his weight, strength, and low center of gravity to protect the puck. As with most young forwards, coaches want Mascherin to do more in his own end. To his credit, he sees that more offensive chances are created when he puts the work into getting the puck back and out of his own end and is developing his game accordingly.
Mascherin is a player the Bruins or the Leafs might consider with their second pick in the first round. The Stanley Cup Final could decide who gets him, given that the Bruins and Leafs have the first round pick from the Sharks and Penguins, respectively. The Leafs also have the #31 pick in the second round, increasing the chances that they make a slight reach with one of their picks to get a potentially game-breaking player. It seems unlikely that Mascherin will fall to the Bruins at #49 in the second round. It would take a big stroke of luck – perhaps a panic run on defenseman – for him to be available to the Bruins at that spot, but if he does he’d be a no-brainer.