The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan filed a subscriber-only article on Wednesday which profiles the Red Wings’ 8 World Junior Championship-participating players:
Carter Mazur, forward, USA: A 2021 third-round pick (70th overall), the Jackson native has been a pleasant surprise playing for the University of Denver. Mazur, 20, is averaging more than a point a game (nine goals, eight assists, 17 points) in 16 games with a plus-12 rating.
Mazur (6-foot, 170 pounds) still needs to get bigger physically. But the way he has produced offensively in the USHL last season, and kept developing in Division 1 hockey this winter, is a good sign.
Red Savage, forward, USA: The 2021 fourth-round pick (114th overall) had an impressive summer and training camp for Team USA and stands to be one of the interesting players to watch in this tournament.
Savage is only 18, and has seven points (one goal, six assists) with a minus-4 rating as a freshman this season at Miami (Ohio). He isn’t big physically, but Savage is effective down low, he’s a clever passer, and has a good wrist shot.