Petr Mrazek
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Petr Mrazek

Hometown:

Ostrava Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-02-14

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2010

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

5th round (141st overall), 2010

Weight:

184 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: In his first OHL season with the Ottawa 67’s, Petr Mrazek had a 12-9-1 record in 30 games with a 3.00 goals against average and .905 save percentage. He played in 8 playoff games with a 4-4-0 record, 2.39 goals against average, and .928 save percentage.

2010-11: Had a very solid year with the 67’s, participating in 52 games and posting a 2.84 GAA and .920 save percentage. Struggled in the playoffs, getting swept while putting up a 5.64 GAA and .868 save percentage.

2011-12: Mrazek had an outstanding season – appearing in 50 regular season games for the Ottawa 67’s and then handling the bulk of the action as Ottawa reached the OHL semifinals. In international play, he skated for the Czech Republic men’s team at the 2012 IIHF World Championship and was arguably the top goalie in the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. Mrazek was 30-19 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.84 goals against and .917 save percentage in the regular season for Ottawa. In the OHL playoffs he appeared in 17 of 18 games and was 9-8 with a 2.59 goals against and .929 save percentage. He appeared in one game for the Czechs at the World Championship – stopping both shots he faced in nine minutes of action. Mrazek was 3-3 with 1 shutout in six games at the WJC with a 2.49 goals against and .928 save percentage; highlighted by a 52-save effort in a 5-2 win over the USA. Mrazek signed a three-year entry-level contract with Detroit in October 2011.

2012-13: Mrazek made his NHL debut in February 2013 — appearing in two games with the Red Wings — and was in net for Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids during its Calder Cup championship run. He was 1-1 with a 2.02 goals against and .922 save percentage for Detroit. Splitting the goaltending chores for Grand Rapids during the regular season with fellow Red Wings prospect Thomas McCollum, he was 23-16-2 with 1 shutout in 42 games and had a 2.33 goals against and .916 save percentage. The Griffins finished first in the Midwest Division and defeated Syracuse in the finals to capture the Calder Cup. Mrazek played all 24 playoff games and was 15-9 with 4 shutouts; posting a 2.31 goals against and .916 save percentage.

2013-14: Mrazek had two wins — both shutouts — in nine appearances with the Red Wings and was one of the AHL’s top goalies skating for Grand Rapids in his second pro season. He was 2-4-0 with Detroit and had a 1.74 goals against and .927 save percentage. He did not appear in any playoff games. Mrazek was 22-9-1 with three shutouts in 32 AHL regular season games for the Griffins and had a 2.10 goals against and .924 save percentage. Grand Rapids finished second in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Mrazek was 5-5 with a 2.80 goals against and .911 save percentage in 10 playoff games

2014-15 Mrazek saw significant ice time with the Red Wings due to injuries to starter Jimmy Howard and backup Jonas Gustavsson and played well when called upon. Mrazek was dominant in 13 regular season games with Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids — going 9-2-1 with three shutouts and posting a 2.06 goals against and .927 save percentage.

Talent Analysis

Mrazek is not the largest goaltender but he possesses a great deal of athleticism and does not give up on shots. He is a great competitor who also has great vision, which makes up for his lack of size.

Future

Mrazek was expected to spend the 2014-15 season in the AHL with Grand Rapids after the re-signing of backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson but with both Gustavsson and Detroit starter Jimmy Howard suffering injuries Mrazek saw more time than anticipated. Playing well when pressed into duty, he shows promise as an NHL goaltender. Whether his opportunity comes with the Red Wings or elsewhere Mrazek has the ability to compete at that level and could be a reliable starter one day.

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