DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings prospects completed the second day of their development camp run Monday at the BELFOR Training Center inside Little Caesars Arena, participating in on-ice group sessions led by forwards and forwards. goalkeepers, and followed by defenders.
Monday featured more intense drills, including a variety of puck control sessions, agility and shooting lessons, all designed to help players become better hockey players.
But for Red Wings forward Carter Mazur, this camp means more than on-ice development.
“It’s pretty special to me, especially coming from Michigan and growing up as a Red Wings fan,” Mazur said. “Finally being a part of it is pretty special and I can’t really put it into words.”
Video: Carter Mazur at Detroit Red Wings development camp
The Jackson, Michigan native finished his freshman season at the University of Denver with 14 goals and 24 assists in 41 games, helping the Pioneers capture the 2022 NCAA championship in April.
“Winning the national championship was quite special, especially in your first year – you don’t expect to come in and make such a big difference in a team,” Mazur said. “I felt it went well and I was excited about how our team finished.”
Mazur, the 2021-22 NCHC Rookie of the Year, said he made progress in his game last season.
“I felt like I went into the year not expecting a lot from myself, I came in and expected a lot from myself actually,” Mazur said. “It changed a lot and I felt that I had grown a lot physically.”
After camp, Mazur plans to apply lessons learned in his second campaign.
“We did a lot of meetings like nutrition meetings, learned how to cook and how to box,” Mazur said. “All of those things are going to be good to know.”
Red Wings goalie prospect Sebastian Cossa said he also got a lot out of his final season. Cossa, Detroit’s 15th pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, went 33-9-3 in 2021-22, including a 2.28 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 46 regular season games with Edmonton of the Western Hockey League. Oil kings.
“Obviously playing a lot of games is hard on the body and in a pretty short amount of time,” Cossa said. “I just think I’m learning to play more games and take care of my body the right way.”
Video: Sebastian Cossa at Detroit Red Wings development camp
Cossa continued his impressive regular season with a strong playoff streak, going 16-3-0 with a 1.93 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 19 games.
“It was awesome,” Cossa said. “It’s been really nice to be here at Little Caesars Arena and in Detroit. The coaching staff has been really good so far so I’ve been pretty busy the last two days and I don’t expect until that changes.”
Cossa was thrilled to arrive in Detroit for development camp, the next step in his professional hockey journey.
“This rink is pretty special, this organization is pretty special,” Cossa said. “Being sure to be here, I want to stay here.”
Another Red Wings prospect benefiting from his camp experience is forward Marco Kasper, the eighth overall pick in last Thursday’s 2022 draft.
“It was great coming here,” Kasper said. “To be drafted by Detroit, by such a good organization, it’s great.”
Video: Marco Kasper at Detroit Red Wings development camp
Kasper played for Rogle BK of the Swedish Hockey League last season, collecting 11 points in 46 regular season games. It’s been a busy few days for the Red Wings’ new first-round pick, but he said he already feels welcomed by the organization.
“It was very special that Dylan Larkins called me yesterday,” Kasper said. “That was really cool. So Lucas Raymond and Michael Rasmussen texted me too, so for sure they care.”
Defense prospect Donovan Sebrango talks about his style of play
“It’s pretty obvious that I won’t be an attacking guy at the top level. I think being brave is something I’m really proud of and being a closed guy.”
Video: Donovan Sebrango at Red Wings development camp
Blueline prospect Eemil Viro tells us how he views this year’s camp
“Everyone here is pro. All the staff and coaches are really top level.”
Video: Eemil Viro at Detroit Red Wings development camp
Mazur on feedback he received from Red Wings player development staff
“I haven’t spoken to them much yet because we haven’t had exit meetings, but I feel like they’re going to say keep working on every area of my game, every area of my game can improve.”
Cossa on his goal for the upcoming season
“I think my game is going to speak for me. Management obviously has that kind of a say in where I’m going to play, so I just want to play at the highest level of hockey I can and compete at that level.”
Kasper on what he wants to improve moving forward
“I think about the details, just on the ice and off the ice as well. That’s good what we learn here. Right now we’re working on the ice while skating. I just want to get better at the details and definitely get stronger and faster.”