Detroit Red Wings prospect Carter Mazur has moved among World Junior Championship scoring leaders by picking up two more goals in USA’s 7-1 win against Austria.
Mazur boasts four goals in his past two games and six points in the Americans’ three wins. He is now second in the scoring race. Canada’s Mason McTavish (Anaheim Ducks) leads with six goals and four assists for 10 points. Fellow American Thomas Bordeleau (San Jose Sharks) also has six points on one goal and five assists.
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The Red Wings drafted Mazur, 20, in the third round of the 2021 NHL draft, the round before taking Red Savage, son of former NHL player Brian Savage. The younger Savage is also playing well for the Americans, generating one goal, one assist and winning 64% of his faceoffs against the Austrians.
Marco Kasper, the Red Wings’ first round pick last month, is Austrian. However, he elected not to play for Austria in this rescheduled tournament.
The Americans have outscored opponents 19-2 in their three wins, but those victories have come against Germany, Switzerland and Austria. None of those teams are considered medal favorites.
The Americans’ first real test will come Sunday evening (10 p.m, NHL Network) when they face Sweden. The Swedes (2-0) are led by defenseman Simon Edvinsson. He was the Red Wings’ first-round pick (No. 6 overall) in 2021. He is expected to make the Red Wings’ roster in 2022-23 and has been impressive in his first two games in this tournament.
Mazur is heading into sophomore season at Denver University, while Savage will play his second season at Miami. It would be a boost to the Red Wings’ rebuild if both of these players make to the NHL. Detroit Hockey Now has Mazur rated ahead of Savage because of his potential to be a top six forward. He was an important offensive player for Denver last season when it won the NCAA championship.
(Story’s statistics Have been updated)