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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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