TRAVERSE CITY- As of Friday afternoon, Grand Rapids Griffins coach Dan Watson didn’t yet have an injury update on Carter Mazur at the NHL Prospect Tournament.
“I wish I had one,” said Watson, coaching the Detroit squad. “He went last night, around the third period, to get it checked out. Haven’t heard anything this morning. He wasn’t here in the arena. He didn’t practice. Still awaiting official word.”
The Red Wings prospects will play the Columbus Blue Jackets’ youngsters Saturday at 3:30.
Mazur (drafted 70th overall in 2021) left Thursday’s loss to the Dallas Stars with an undisclosed injury suffered in the first period. The Jackson, Mich. native is a feisty competitor with offensive skill. Early in the game, he was playing with prize Detroit center prospect Marco Kasper.
The news on Amadeus Lombardi (drafted 113th overall in 2022) is more definitive. Lombardi wasn’t at practice Friday morning, but should play Saturday in the 3:30 game at the Centre Ice Arena. He put up 102 points for the Flint Firebirds last season in the Ontario Hockey League
“Personal issue,” Watson said. “He should be here tomorrow to play in the game.”
The Red Wings lost 4-2 to the Dallas Stars Thursday, while the Columbus Blue Jackets were downing the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-3. Former University of Michigan standout Adam Fantilli, picked No. 3 overall, had two assists for the Blue Jackets. Robert Mastrosimone, a Red Wings’ second round pick (54th overall) in 2019, had an assist for Toronto. Mastrosimone signed an AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies.
Detroit’s final game of the tournament will be Sunday afternoon against the Maple Leafs.