3. Mason Lohrei
Mason Lohrei would love to make that jump to the Boston Bruins this year.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have a pretty good college hockey program. They are still working to become one of the consistent powerhouses like Michigan, Boston University, Minnesota, or North Dakota amongst others but they are getting there.
Mason Lohrei comes from that program and he was a very good defenseman for them. In the 2022-23 season, his second NCAA year, he had four goals and 28 assists for 32 points. That is amazing production in 40 games for a defenseman. He should be proud of that year.
When Ohio State was done, he signed his pro deal but he didn’t make his NHL debut. He played in five regular-season games for the Providence Bruins and he collected one assist. He then played in three playoff games for them.
Now, he played in the preseason with the Bruins and he did enough to get consideration for the big club. He deserves to get a shot based on how he has played. With how deep their defense is in Boston, it might be tough to get lots of minutes but you never know. He is definitely a prospect to keep an eye on.