Detroit Red Wings prospect Carter Mazur became a top scorer in the World Junior Championship with two more goals in the United States’ 7-1 win over Austria.
Mazur has four goals in his last two games and six points in the Americans’ three wins. He is now second in the goalscoring race. Canada’s Mason McTavish (Anaheim Ducks) leads with four goals and four assists for eight 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. Young 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 chose not to play for Austria in this rescheduled tournament.
The Americans outscored their opponents 19-2 in their three wins, but those victories came against Germany, Switzerland and Austria. None of these teams are considered favorites for the medals.
The Americans’ first real test will take place on Sunday evening (10 p.m., NHL Network) against Sweden. The Swedes (2-0) are led by defender Simon Edvinsson. He was the Red Wings’ first-round pick (6th overall) in 2021. He is expected to be on the Red Wings roster in 2022-23 and has been impressive in his first two games in this tournament.
Mazur is entering his second season at the University of Denver, while Savage will play his second season at Miami. It would be a boost for the rebuilding of the Red Wings if these two players made it to the NHL. Detroit Hockey Now ranked Mazur ahead of Savage due to his potential to be in the top six forwards. He was an important offensive player for Denver last season when they won the NCAA championship.
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