Mason Jobst looking to prove his case at Bruins development camp

Dan Shulman
July 06, 2017 - 3:02 pm

Undersized and underrated, Bruins development camp invitee Mason Jobst is out to prove he can play with the big boys at the NHL level.

The Ohio State junior was a second-team All-American last year and led the Buckeyes to an NCAA tournament berth for the first time since 2009. His 55 points placed him atop the Big Ten in scoring.

While Jobst is starting to make a name for himself now at age 23, the 5-foot-8 forward went unnoticed while he was draft-eligible and no NHL team took a chance on him -- something that serves as motivation for Jobst.

“Definitely puts a little bit of a chip on my shoulder,” Jobst said. “I’m here to prove a point that I think I can play in the NHL.

“I’ve been playing against bigger guys my entire life and I’ve just found a way to use my body. I think I’m pretty strong on the puck.”

Despite this small stature, Jobst aspires to be like several current NHLers -- Brad Marchand, Conor Sheary, and David Desharnais to name a few -- who have gone on to enjoy successful professional careers.

“There’s a lot of smaller guys in the league now,” Jobst said. “They’re definitely paving the way and I’m definitely rooting for those guys.”

Given the B’s lack of depth among left-shooting centers, Jobst presents a major draw as an undrafted forward. His success at the faceoff dot (he won 54.9 percent of his draws last season) gave Ohio State the ability to control the puck in special-teams situations.

On the man advantage, Jobst had nine goals and 21 assists in 39 games to help Ohio State's power-play unit convert at an NCAA-best 31.6 percent. His 30 power-play points were nine more than any other player in the Big Ten and tied him for third nationally.

“I think I’m a pretty good distributor,” Jobst said. “I had the half wall the entire year and we had a lot of major keys to our power play. I think I have great hockey IQ and great vision.”

Aside from scoring at alarmingly high rates, Jobst’s defensive ability has also been a big factor in his career. In his team’s lone NCAA tournament game, despite not registering a point, Jobst was a major contributor on defense helping to clog up the neutral zone. Over the course of the whole year, Jobst led all OSU forwards with 31 blocked shots.

In practice on Thursday, this defensive ability was on display as well. Jobst, who utilizes his stick and skating extremely well, considers himself a two-way player.

“I definitely try to take care of my own zone,” Jobst said. “In juniors that’s where I developed my two-way skill and at the next level you’ve got to figure out how to play defense.

“I’ve definitely learned a lot.”

Though he will be returning to Ohio State in the fall for another season, Jobst’s future plans remain set on a path to the NHL.

“As of right now, I’m just focused on the next year. The ultimate goal is to make it back to the NCAA tournament.”