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UConn's Masonius Taken By Penguins In NHL Draft

Joseph Masonius became the second UConn player picked in the NHL draft, after Tage Thompson

One day after Tage Thompson became the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues, his UConn teammate, rising sophomore defenseman Joseph Masonius of Spring Lake, N.J., was selected by the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the sixth round (181st overall).

Masonius is the second Husky drafted by the Penguins, joining defensemen Ryan Segalla, taken by Pittsburgh in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. Masonius attended Pittsburgh's development camp last summer before coming to Storrs to join the Huskies.

UConn now has had six players drafted over the past four years; Maxim Letunov (St. Louis/2nd Round/2014), Miles Gendron (Ottawa/3rd Round/2014) and David Drake (Philadelphia/7th Round/2013) are the others.

Quinnipiac rising sophomore Chase Priskie was selected in the sixth round with the 177th pick by the Washington Capitals.

Thompson, UConn's first NHL first-round pick, and Masonius were among 59 NCAA or NCAA-bound players taken in this year's draft.

Masonius led all UConn defensemen in scoring as a freshman, accumulating 21 points on six goals and 15 assists. He also finished third on the team in blocked shots with 42.

On the season, Masonius was tied for 13th among Hockey East defensemen in scoring. On the power play, he had 14 points — three goals and 11 assists.

Earlier this week, Masonius and Thompson were invited to participate in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. The two will be trying to earn a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in December.

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