With the 58th overall pick in the second round of the 2020 NHL Draft, the Boston Bruins selected 19-year-old Mason Lohrei. The left-shot defenseman is a native of Verona, Wisconsin. Currently committed to Ohio State, the defenseman also plays for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. In his 2019-202 campaign, he notched 29 assists and eight goals in 48 games. At 6’4 and 193, Lohrei has the size but will certainly need to fill up.
An interesting choice for the Bruins for selecting a defenseman, however, this pick may bode well for Boston. According to Elite Prospects Scouting report:
“His puck skills in small situations stuck out as a distinct positive in a few instances, particularly for someone of his stature. He's got a snappy wrist shot, with good form and an ability to generate a lot of power with very little movement, suggestive of a really strong upper-body”
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Further reports via NHL Draft analyst Steve Kournianos have pegged Lohrie as playing like a “seasoned veteran with ice water in his veins."
“He is incredibly poised with the puck, but he also knows how to exploit the aggressiveness of checkers. While most young defenseman look to get rid of the puck at the first sign of pressure, Lohrei seems quite comfortable in not only handling the puck, but luring opponents towards him for the sole purpose of drawing them out of position. He does this by maintaining a high panic threshold that allows him to delay with the puck just long enough for a subtle chip or bank pass to spring his mates in an odd-man situation.
On defense, Lohrei is a stopper, plain and simple. He holds firmly at the line and executes timely stick-on-puck checks, but his thick frame and strong lower body allow him to absorb the full weight of an on-crushing puck carrier at top seed.”
He is ranked at No. 132 by NHL Central Scouting. Lohrei was second in the USHL in scoring amongst defensemen. Boston did not have a first-round pick after trading that option to Anaheim in the Backes-Kase trade.
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