from The Athletic,
Who’s the hottest for each team?
The Athletic posed that question to its NHL staff, stipulating that while very recent call-ups are eligible, the prospects should not be current full-time NHLers.
In response, we heard about top picks ready to make the leap, hidden gems earning bigger opportunities and players on the precipice of making an NHL impact. Here are the picks.
Carter Mazur: A 2021 third-round pick, Mazur was one of the biggest surprises in the Red Wings’ farm system last season, and he’s taken it to another level in 2022-23. Building off a strong showing at the summer world juniors, Mazur is on a goal-scoring tear at Denver, where he has 12 goals in 12 games for the Pioneers. That led the country entering the weekend. Mazur is a multidimensional player who brings a high baseline of competitiveness and physicality to the ice, which — combined with the scoring touch he’s shown since the draft — makes him a highly intriguing prospect. He looks like a future top-nine piece for Detroit. — Max Bultman
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