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Published on Tuesday, July 27, 2021





Developing Prospects

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Like many around the globe, Red Wings draft pick Carter Mazur put on 30 pounds during the pandemic.

Unlike many, though, Mazur’s weight gain was intentional — and it’s made all the difference.

Mazur’s transformation saw him explode into nearly a point-per-game player with the USHL’s Tri-City Storm in 2020-21. After getting passed on in his draft year of 2020, the centerman from Jackson was taken by the hometown Red Wings, 70th-overall, in Round 3 of Saturday’s NHL Draft.

It was one of the feel-good stories of Detroit’s draft, but the celebration didn’t last long. Mazur had a game the next day at USA Hockey Arena’s World Junior Summer Showcase, an eight-day event from July 24-31.

“Still waking up, knowing I’m drafted by this great organization that I’ve grown up in, in a way it’s just unbelievable,” Mazur said. “(But) the work is just beginning in a way.”

Mazur is one of a handful of Wings prospects at USA Hockey Arena this week who have found ways to make the disruption work for them. A year ago, the idea that he would become a draft candidate with middle-six upside looked far from reality.

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