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Thoughts On Detroit's Prospects At The World Junior Summer Showcase

08/02/2021 at 4:08am EDT

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

The day after he saw his name called, Buium — a 6-foot-3 blueliner who split this past season between Shattuck St. Mary’s and Sioux City (USHL) — headlined a group of seven Red Wings prospects competing at the World Junior Summer Showcase up the road in Plymouth, Mich. The annual showcase serves as a great checkpoint for competing countries (this year, the U.S. hosted Sweden and Finland) to get a feel for their potential World Junior rosters. And this year, it also served as an immediate opportunity to get meaningful looks at three newly-drafted Detroit prospects, as well as an updated look at four members of the 2020 draft class.

10 thoughts on what I saw over the course of the week:

- Buium will play next season at the University of Denver, so before the showcase started, I reached out to Pioneers coach David Carle to ask what stood out about the big blueliner’s game.

“I think it’s his brain, his vision, his deception with the puck,” Carle said. “He breaks pucks out well, he transitions pucks (through) neutral ice well, and he’s really dynamic on the offensive blue line. He asserts himself in his transition and offensive game very well, and I think for that it makes him really hard to play against.”

- Another prospect who made a strong impression throughout the week: Third-round pick Carter Mazur, who not only killed penalties (as one would expect from a prospect whose favorite player growing up was Darren Helm) but also played on the power play at various points for Team USA (the Americans had two teams, Blue and White, and Mazur spent most of the week with the Blue).

“I liked him a lot,” U.S. coach Nate Leaman said at the end of the week. “Obviously relied a lot on him — we gave him a lot of penalty kill minutes to see how he was going to process that. He made some plays. Played him a little bit in the bumper of the power play. I think he’s definitely a guy in the mix.”...

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