The Pittsburgh Penguins made Joe Masonius the 181st overall pick in the NHL Draft on Saturday afternoon with the final selection in the sixth round. Masonius is coming off a strong freshman campaign where he played in 34 games, finishing fourth on the team in points with six goals and 15 assists. His 21 points were tops among Husky defensemen.
Masonius and teammate Tage Thompson, who was selected in the draft's first round Friday night, were both invited to USA Hockey's Junior Evaluation Camp ahead of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships and have been mainstays in the USA Hockey program. The camp will take place in Plymouth, Michigan from July 30-August 7.
Next year's UConn Men's Hockey team will have six NHL draftees as Thompson and Masonius join Max Letunov (St. Louis - 2nd round in 2014), Miles Gendron (Ottawa - 3rd round in 2014), David Drake (Philadelphia - 7th round in 2013) and Ryan Segalla (Pittsburgh - 4th round in 2013).
The Huskies will drop the puck on the 2016-'17 season with a home series against Alabama-Huntsville at the XL Center on October 7 and 8.