September 32-in-32: Detroit Red Wings

Victor Nuno

2022-09-09

Detroit Red Wings logo courtesy of stmed.net

Welcome to the September 2022 edition of the DobberProspects 32-in-32 Series. This month, we are diving into the depth of each organization, looking at their recent graduates, risers, fallers and top-20 prospects. 

The Detroit Red Wings had significant contributions from rookies in 2021-22 as evidenced by Moritz Seider winning the Calder trophy and Lucas Raymond finishing fourth. In addition to those two, Filip Hronek, Michael Rasmussen, Givani Smith, and Joe Veleno all took steps forward in their development this season. With the departure of veterans Sam Gagner, Vladislav Namestnikov, Danny DeKeyser, Nick Leddy, and Marc Staal, there should be some space for the young Red Wings to win more prominent roles.

The Detroit Red Wings’ prospects will participate in the NHL prospect tournament, scheduled to get underway just a few days after this is published. Certainly, fortunes of some of the prospects discussed may change at this tournament. Training camp will start September 21st where some of these prospects will have the chance to make the opening night roster and still others will hope to make an impression to set them up for a better chance in the future.

Due to the cancellation of the under 20 World Junior Championships (U20 WJC) in January, we were able to see some prospects at the rescheduled event in August. Both Carter Mazur for the Americans and William Wallinder for the Swedes were not scheduled to partake in the originally scheduled tournament, but were able to represent their countries in the rescheduled event.

Mazur was certainly one of the standouts of the tournament. He scored five goals across the five games the Americans played and only tournament most valuable player Mason McTavish had both more goals and goals per game than Mazur. The now 20-year-old had a stellar season helping the University of Denver Pioneers to a national championship. He was 5th on the Pioneers in forward scoring, while at the same time posting the best net expected goals (expected goals for minus expected goals against) and Fenwick for percentage on the team. He should be back with the Pioneers for his second season in 2022-23.