When Michigan native Carter Mazur attended the Detroit Red Wings Prospect Development Camp last month he said his best moment was pulling on a Red Wings’ jersey.
“I’ve grown up watching the Detroit Red Wings since I was probably four,” Mazur said. “Remembering all the players that came through here who’ve probably been to this camp, so to finally be part of this camp is pretty special to me.”
If Mazur continues to play like he has since the Red Wings drafted him in 2020, he will end up wearing that Red Wings jersey for a long time. Red Wings prospect Mazur posted a pair a goals and an assist to pace USA to a 7-1 win against Switzerland Thursday at the World Junior Championships.
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Mazur was named USA’s Player of the Game. He now has four points in USA’s first two games at the tournament.
The Denver University standout is playing on a USA scoring line with San Jose Sharks forward Thomas Bordeleau and Chicago Blackhawks pick Landon Slaggert. They combined for eight points as USA raised its record to 2-0.
Developing as a Scorer
Mazur is also playing on USA’s power play. When he went into a goal scoring slump during his freshman season at Denver, he called the Red Wings for help. Detroit’s director of player development Dan Cleary was impressed. He talked to him and emailed video designed to help him improve his scoring touch. Mazur finished his season with 14 goals and 34 points in 38 games. He was critical to Denver during its march to the NCAA championship.
“I picked up a lot of just smart things (from Cleary),” Mazur said. “Just being in the right areas, being more patient, finding open areas. Just little things like that you don’t really think about much. When he says it, it’s something that you really want to listen.”
The scouting projection on Mazur is that he could be a feisty, prickly forward with some ability to put the puck in the net.
Detroit Red Wings’ draft pick Red Savage was +1 in this game and won 55% of his faceoffs
Other Detroit prospects in the WJC; Goalie Jan Bednar of Czechia lost a 4-3 overtime decision to Finland. Red Wings’ prospect defenseman Eemil Viro was -1 for the Finns.