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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80