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Impressive season sends rising Mrazek to pros

Published Monday, May 7, 2012, 10:45 p.m. under 2011-12 RWC Reports
Petr Mrazek

Petr Mrazek (Credit: Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

No prospect climbed higher, faster than Petr Mrazek in the Detroit Red Wings’ system this season.

Whether he was making headlines with show-stopping performances at the IIHF world junior championship at mid-season or in the spotlight with multiple 40-save outings while leading his Ottawa 67’s to the Ontario Hockey League’s Final Four, Mrazek asserted himself as organization’s top goaltending prospect with a tremendous campaign.

The 6-foot-1 184-pounder capped it off last week when he was added to the Czech Republic’s roster as a third goaltender for the IIHF world championship in Finland.

The 20-year-old finished the OHL playoffs with a 2.54 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in 17 starts. Two of his nine victories were 44-save performances.

Praise has come from all corners for Mrazek’s fiery competitiveness and ferocious will to keep pucks out of the net, not to mention his mixture of solid fundamentals and athleticism.

“The bigger the games, the bigger he plays,” Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer told The Hockey News. “He loves the crowds, he loves the pressure. He never gives up on any saves, he never gives up on any pucks, and he has all the qualities to be really successful later on.”

Strangely, Mrazek’s tremendous season didn’t get him much recognition on The Hockey News’s Future Watch prospect ranking. He was seventh on the Red Wings’ prospect list and didn’t crack the league-wide top-100. He sits fourth on RWC’s mid-season list.

Mrazek, whose three-year entry-level contract slides to begin next season, will turn pro next season and has the inside track on an American Hockey League spot with the Grand Rapids Griffins, unless incumbent Thomas McCollum significantly outplays him in training camp.

McCollum, who also enjoyed a star-studded junior career, has done little to impress as a pro.

Others making big strides this season were forwards Gustav Nyquist (Grand Rapids, AHL) and Calle Jarnkrok (Brynas, Swedish Elite League), but both had previously established themselves at the top of the organization’s prospect list.

Forward Joakim Andersson (Grand Rapids, AHL) had a breakthrough year, as did winger Tomas Jurco (Saint John, QMJHL) and defencemen Xavier Ouellet (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL), Ryan Sproul (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL), Mattias Backman (Linkoping, SEL) and Nick Jensen (St. Cloud State, NCAA), among others.

NOTES: Winger Tomas Tatar (Grand Rapids, AHL) finished the season with 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points in 19 games, leaving him tied for the lead in Griffins scoring with Nyquist and Jamie Johnson in a three-way tie with 58 points. Tatar, who also had a team-best 24 goals, is representing Slovakia at the IIHF world championship … Jarnkrok tied for fourth in SEL playoff scoring with 16 points in 16 games while helping Brynas win a championship with a 4-2 series win over Skelleftea in the final. He is now representing Sweden at the IIHF world championship and showing the Red Wings what he can do at the highest international level … Forward Louis-Marc Aubry (Grand Rapids, AHL) got a shout out from Red Wings general manager Ken Holland in a Detroit News article recently. Holland listed Aubry with top-10 prospects Brendan Smith, Riley Sheahan, Nyquist, Jarnkrok and Mrazek as players who need to help the Red Wings re-establish themselves as a contender … Aubry was one of eight prospects called up as Black Aces for the Red Wings’ brief playoff appearance. Andersson, Tatar, Smith, McCollum, forward Francis Pare and defencemen Brian Lashoff and Travis Ehrhardt were the others … Jurco is two wins away from winning a second straight QMJHL championship with Saint John and a trip to Shawinigan, Que., to defend the team’s 2011 Memorial Cup win.

Following is this week’s statistical report.

SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEVEL LEAGUE GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Coetzee, Willie Grand Rapids PRO AHL 61 11 11 22 25 -6 137
Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids PRO AHL 56 9 11 20 47 -6 87
Nyquist, Gustav Grand Rapids PRO AHL 56 22 36 58 18 +7 152
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids PRO AHL 76 24 34 58 45 +4 224
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids PRO AHL 73 21 30 51 34 +5 145
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids PRO AHL 62 5 11 16 39 -6 91
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids PRO AHL 48 6 3 9 103 -3 58
Ehrhardt, Travis Grand Rapids PRO AHL 41 1 6 7 25 +6 48
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids PRO AHL 76 8 11 19 41 -9 107
Pare, Francis Grand Rapids PRO AHL 75 16 36 52 18 -5 184
Parkes, Trevor Grand Rapids PRO AHL 44 2 6 8 23 0 66
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids PRO AHL 64 11 10 21 33 +1 108
Smith, Brendan Grand Rapids PRO AHL 57 10 24 34 90 +2 113
Pyett, Logan Grand Rapids PRO AHL 73 2 25 27 54 -1 163
Nestrasil, Andrej Grand Rapids PRO AHL 25 3 1 4 6 -4 24
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids PRO AHL 13 1 3 4 14 0 4
Sheahan, Riley Grand Rapids PRO AHL 7 1 1 2 0 -2 6
Almquist, Adam Grand Rapids PRO AHL 3 0 0 0 0 -1 1
Quine, Alan Grand Rapids PRO AHL 3 0 1 1 0 +1 0
Fournier, Gleason Toledo PRO ECHL 55 2 16 18 32 -9 101
Nestrasil, Andrej Toledo PRO ECHL 51 7 22 29 20 -10 88
Parkes, Trevor Toledo PRO ECHL 4 4 0 4 2 +1 17
Ouellet, Xavier B.-Boisbriand JR QMJHL 63 21 39 60 67 +16 202
Macek, Brooks Calgary JR WHL 54 14 24 38 19 +8 N/A
Nedomlel, Richard Swift Current JR WHL 72 10 36 46 83 -35 N/A
Tvrdon, Marek Vancouver JR WHL 60 31 43 74 62 +1 N/A
Sproul, Ryan Sault Ste. Marie JR OHL 61 23 31 54 53 +16 N/A
Quine, Alan Peterborough JR OHL 65 30 40 70 21 -19 N/A
Jurco, Tomas Saint John JR QMJHL 48 30 38 68 37 +46 186
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville JR QMJHL 34 3 2 5 29 -3 65
Jensen, Nick St. Cloud State COL NCAA 39 6 26 32 4 +14 68
Nicastro, Max Boston U. COL NCAA 27 3 6 9 32 -2 41
Cayer, Julien Clarkson COL NCAA 30 6 4 10 30 -4 50
Marshall, Ben Minnesota COL NCAA 41 4 9 13 31 +13 79
Sheahan, Riley Notre Dame COL NCAA 37 9 16 25 24 0 118
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit EUR FIN 56 16 21 37 41 0 235
Almquist, Adam HV-71 EUR SEL 42 3 8 11 26 +16 66
Axelsson, Dick MoDo EUR SEL 36 9 11 20 59 -7 79
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas EUR SEL 50 16 23 39 22 -3 109
Backman, Mattias Linkoping EUR SEL 42 1 7 8 14 +7 60
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow EUR KHL 6 0 0 0 2 -4 3
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow EUR-JR MHL 5 2 4 6 10 +2 7

GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L O/S SO GAA SV%
Mrazek, Petr Ottawa OHL 50 30 13 6 3 2.84 .917
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 19 3 8 1 1 3.68 .871
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 28 11 16 0 0 3.49 .891
McCollum, Thomas Toledo ECHL 15 6 6 2 0 2.62 .909
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 2 1 1 0 0 4.05 .879

SKATERS: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEVEL LEAGUE GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow EUR KHL 5 0 0 0 4 -1 8
Marchenko, Alexey Krasnaja Armia EUR-JR MHL 19 4 14 18 18 0 44
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit EUR-JR FIN-JR 2 0 1 1 2 -1 N/A
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit EUR FIN 4 0 1 1 2 -3 25
Axelsson, Dick MoDo EUR SEL 6 2 1 3 18 -1 13
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas EUR SEL 16 4 12 16 12 +12 38
Almquist, Adam HV-71 EUR SEL 3 0 1 1 4 +3 2
Ouellet, Xavier Blainville-Boisbriand JR QMJHL 11 3 7 10 14 +3 44
Jurco, Tomas Saint John JR QMJHL 14 10 12 22 10 +16 55
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville JR QMJHL 4 0 0 0 2 -2 4
Macek, Brooks Calgary JR WHL 5 1 2 3 0 0 N/A
Tvrdon, Marek Vancouver JR WHL 6 3 3 6 0 -4 N/A

GOALIES: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L SO GAA SV%
Mrazek, Petr Ottawa OHL 17 9 8 0 2.59 .926
39 Comments
  1. yvr says:

    Sheckman….Last year KH had 5 mill(cap) to spend and chose not to improve the team for the playoffs….2 yrs ago he said he wanted to make changes but the cap would not allow him to do so…Kenny just says whatever is convenient to him at the time….KH needs to be highly scrutinized going forward…no more late round draft pick luck as he had with several Wings…

  2. Joakim says:

    Hi Sheckman9, no my name’s not Joakim Andersson and I’m not a particular fan of his. I do hope that he continues to develop, though. I think he could grow into a valuable role/depth player; a strong team-first PK and face-off specialist that can provide some depth scoring and make life hard for the opposing d-corps.

    Mike Babcock and Kenny Holland were quoted over in Helsinki saying that Järnkrok will stay in Sweden a year and that he needs to add 10 lbs. I think he’s in a good situation with his Swedish team, he’s centering the top line and playing with in all situations, with some of the league’s best players. I don’t think he’s quite ready to play in the NHL just yet.

  3. Jayc97 says:

    I don’t like how everyone (including the Wings themselves) are banking on landing Suter and/or Parise as means of improving their team in 2013. This team is not 1 or 2 players away. Its about 2 full lines away, and a defensive pairing. Z and Pav are not goal scorers, they are playmakers that CAN score. The only real sniper they have signed next year is Franzen. Sure, Parise would be great, but that doesn’t make us bigger. Sure Suter would be great, but we are losing Stuart and possibly Lidstrom, so tell me what puts us over the top? They need to trade some of the fat on this team. Cleary has a no-trade, so he’s not moving. You can’t trade Fil when he’s just now blossoming into a productive player. Let Hudler walk, and find a way to upgrade the over abundance of non-physical 3rd and 4th liners like Emmerton, Miller, Cleary (hasn’t been healthy since 2009). If you’re going to put kids on the 3rd and 4th line that don’t hit, then at least bring up the kids that can score. Tatar barely got to see JLA, but Joakim Anderson and Chris Conner did? I don’t get it. We need young legs that can put the puck in the net and we need depth, so why aren’t we calling up those kind of players?

  4. ScottD says:

    Jay I agree with your thoughts here. However, you can’t really through several rookies on the ice in one season. No one in the league does that and has any success. I think Parise and Suter however would be a really great start in the right direction. What are the chances of them both coming over? Probably pretty slim. We do need a lot of changes but this team won’t make changes just for the sake of making them. This team is definitely in a transition right now and are still competitive. Not very many teams can say that. We have some great prospects but they are not guarantees. I think the next couple of seasons people are just going to have to be patient. We aren’t returning to the Dead Wing Era so people don’t have to panic. My advice is to stay positive.

  5. ScottD says:

    With my second line I meant throw not through. Its been a long day for me. SORRY!

  6. chris says:

    scott, you mean throw? haha

  7. Rob says:

    Out of all the players out of the Q , Ouellet has to be the one that has caught my attention . Ive had the chance to see him a half a dozen times this year and he is by far the best prospect . This guy will wear a C or an A for the Red Wings in 5 years , mark it down

  8. WingsFan1976 says:

    rob – wow! I hope you are right. BAM.

  9. Wow! Thank you! I continually needed to write on my site something like that. Can I implement a fragment of your post to my blog?



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