Premium Detroit Red Wings prospect Carter Mazur will add to his impressive resume this season by playing for USA at the World Championships later this month in Finland and Latvia.
Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde is an assistant coach on the U.S. team. San Jose Sharks coach David Quinn is USA’s head coach.
Mazur will join a U.S. team that also includes Buffalo Sabres’ Alex Tuch, Vancouver Canucks’ Conor Garland, Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nick Perbix and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Nick Bonino, Drew O’Connor and goalie Casey DeSmith.
The Red Wings are expected to have Joe Veleno and Jake Walman playing for Team Canada, while Lucas Raymond and Jonatan Berggren play for Sweden. Dominik Kubalik plays for Czechia. Olli Maatta told Detroit media he hoped to play for Finland.
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Michigan native Mazur, 21, was among college hockey’s top goal scorers with 22 in 40 games for Denver this season. He then signed with the Red Wings and put up six points in six games for the Grand Rapids Griffins.
“He looks like a real good prospect,” Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman said about Mazur. “Is he ready to play next year? Maybe. Maybe not. But he looks like a good prospect. He looks like an NHL player. He skates well, he’s got good hands, he knows where to go on the ice.”
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Mazur draws comparisons to a young Tyler Bertuzzi because he combines a feisty style with a scoring touch. Mazur is listed at 6-foot, 173 pounds.
The World Championships will start May 12 and run through May 28. USA’s preliminary games will be played in Finland. The Americans will play a pre-tournament game Tuesday against Germany in Munich. Their first tournament game will be May 12 against Finland.
The Americans have won bronze medals twice in the last four tournaments.