It’s now or never for Red Wings Prospect Mastrosimone

Probably Detroit Red Wings Robert Mastrosimone He doesn’t utter words when discussing his future in hockey. He is the first to admit that there is a lot of work to do in order to land a job in the professionals.

“It’s definitely going to take a lot of work and a lot of focus,” Mastrosimone said.

It’s also not an exaggeration to point out that in terms of leaving his mark with the Red Wings, he’s Now or Never for Mastrosimone. And he knows he has some work to do in order to turn this dream into a reality.

“I can definitely work in every aspect of my game no matter what it is,” Mastrosimone said. “I’ve been really focused on my ice skating and my skills and kind of snowboarding cheats. That’s one of the main things I’ve been focusing on this summer.

“I think things are going really well right now. I’m heading in the right direction.”

Changing the course of Mastrosimone in pursuit or red wings deal

In search of a home for himself as part of the Red Wings’ future, Mastrosimone, 21, is moving to a new hockey home for the 2022-23 NCAA season. The 54th player selected in the 2019 NHL Draft entry by Detroit, sets a new track in the desert as a member of the Arizona State Sun Devils.

He spent his first three seasons in college on the East Coast with Boston Terriers.

“It was the right thing for me,” Mastrosimone said. “I think I need a fresh start, just to get out in front of new eyes, some new teammates, new coaches, and a new territory. I really got a fresh start and take my game to the next level.”

As a BU rookie, Mastrosimone collected 11-14-25 totals in 34 matches.

Strive to grow stronger

Like all growing players, building strength and adding size is at the top of Mastrosimone’s to-do list. It’s one of the reasons he’s drawn to what the state of Arizona has to offer him.

“Their strength coach Lien (Blaine), she’s amazing,” Mastrosimone said. “She’s an incredible person and an incredible strength coach. I saw every opportunity to improve there.

“When I got down there, when I talked to coach (Greg) Powers and all the staff, all they preached is exactly what I want. It’s culture, she comes to the rink every day excited to get to the rink. And of course It’s Arizona. You can’t beat the weather.”

Among his Sun Devils teammates will be his Red Wings teammate Ryan O’Reilly.

“We will have a really good team next year,” Mastrosimone said. “I’ve met a group of guys already. Everyone is really a good guy. The group is really tight.”

The Red Wings have until 30 days after Mastrosimone has finished school to decide whether to offer him a contract. Otherwise, he will become an unrestricted free agent.

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