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Wings in Waiting: Petr Mrazek

Rookie goalie wants to be "the guy" in the Red Wings' near future

Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Wings in Waiting: Petr Mrazek

In 11 NHL games, Petr Mrazek has allowed just 17 goals, posting a 1.74 GAA with a .927 save percentage. (Photo by Getty Images)

DETROIT – There’s no one Petr Mrazek would rather have between the pipes than Petr Mrazek.

“He wants to be the guy,” said Jiri Fischer, Detroit’s director of player development. “I had a chance to coach with the (Czech) World Junior team. He was our best player. He wanted to be in every pressure situation. He wanted to stick it to the other team more than anyone else on our roster.”

Mrazek, who signed a three-year entry-level contract with Detroit in October 2011, was 3-3 with one shutout at the 2012 World Junior Championship, earning a 2.49 goals against average and 0.928 save percentage, which included a 52-save effort in a 5-2 win over the USA.

“During that World Juniors, nobody talked about the Czech Republic team,” Fischer said. “We had a young defense, nobody talked about the forwards. Everybody talked about Petr Mrazek. He put so much pressure on his performance to dominate the tournament – which he ended up doing – and by doing that, he took all the pressure off our team.

“All the rest of the team could focus on playing their game and not being nit-picked in the media. What he did there and ever since then, he just wants to be in the big games, he wants to play against the best goaltenders. He wants to show everyone that he can be better than everyone else.”

Mrazek joined the Grand Rapids Griffins for the 2012-13 season and posted a 23-16-2 record with one shutout in 42 games. The goaltender also got his first taste of the NHL that year, earning a 1-1 record with a 2.09 goals against average and .922 save percentage in two appearances with the Red Wings.

Mrazek was in net for all 24 of the Griffins’ AHL playoff games that spring, compiling a 15-9 record with four shutouts to help Grand Rapids win the Calder Cup championship.

“The practice level when you have Petr around is always better,” Fischer said. “When he turned pro, the challenge he posted for Tommy McCollum of every day fighting for the No. 1 spot, since then, Tommy McCollum's career has taken off the way everybody was hoping for and we believed would. His presence has been great for everyone.”

Mrazek was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team last season, finishing second in the AHL in goals against average (2.10) and third in save percentage (.924) through 32 regular-season games. The 22-year-old earned a 22-9-1 record in his second season with the Griffins, while also seeing action in nine games with Detroit. Mrazek earned a 2-4-0 record with the Red Wings, with a 1.74 GAA and a .927 save percentage. His wins were shutouts at Edmonton (Nov. 2) and at St. Louis (Apr. 13).

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89