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PETR MRAZEK
Petr Mrazek
Position: Goaltender
Catches: Left
Vitals: 6’1” / 187 lbs.
Birthdate: February 14, 1992
Hometown: Ostrava, Czech Republic
Acquired: Detroit’s fifth choice (141st overall) in the 2010 draft
CSS Ranking: 25th North American Goaltender (2010)
Contract: 2015 via CapGeek.com
RWC Says: No. 1 Goaltender

STORIES

AWARDS
  • 2009-10 OHL Dinty Moore Trophy (top rookie goals-against average)
  • 2009-10 OHL Second All-Rookie Team
  • 2009-10 OHL top save percentage (.920)
  • 2010-11 OHL Third All-Star Team
  • 2011-12 IIHF World Junior Championship Directorate Top Goaltender
  • 2011-12 IIHF World Junior Championship All-Star Team
  • 2011-12 IIHF World Junior Championship (Top Three Player, Czech Republic)
  • 2012-13 Western Conference All-Star Team

HISTORY
2008-09
  • Split season with Vitkovice under-18 and -20 teams.
  • Posted outstanding numbers in 41 starts (combined 2.14 GAA, .939 Sv%).
  • Selected in the first round (30th overall) by Ottawa in the CHL import draft.
2009-10
  • Represented Czech Republic at Ivan Hlinka under-18 tournament in August.
  • Came to North America and broke in as an OHL rookie with Ottawa.
  • Started 30 games (12-9-1) as a backup to third-year stopper Chris Perugini (46 starts).
  • Led all rookies in GAA (3.00), Sv% (.905) and shutouts (3).
  • When Perugini faltered in the first round of the playoffs, Mrazek took over.
  • Took team to second round, going 4-4 with a sparking 2.39 GAA and .928 Sv%.
2010-11
  • Took over OHL starting job with Ottawa after trade of veteran Chris Perugini.
  • Posted sensational numbers, going 33-15-3 with 2.84 GAA, .920 Sv% and four shutouts.
  • Among OHL leaders in Sv% (first), saves (second), shutouts (T2), wins (third) and GAA (fifth).
  • Sensational shootout numbers: Stopped 14 of 17 attempts (.824).
  • Left off Czech WJC roster because of contractual dispute with his former team, HC Vitkovice.
  • Struggled in four-game, first-round playoff exit (5.64 GAA, .868 Sv%) to 34-point underdog Sudbury.
  • Signed AHL amateur tryout with Grand Rapids but didn’t see any minutes.
2011-12:
  • Signed three-year entry-level contract with Red Wings in October.
  • Returned to OHL for third season with Ottawa and led team to second-place conference finish.
  • Posted tremendous numbers, going 30-13-6 with 2.84 GAA and .917 Sv%.
  • Tied for third in OHL in wins and was eighth in save percentage.
  • Led OHL with 5-2 shootout record, stopping 31 of 39 shootout attempts.
  • Made headlines at mid-season for his show-stopping performances and gaudy celebrations at WJC.
  • Led Czechs to 5-2 round-robin win over USA at WJC with 52-save performance.
  • Made 43 saves in a heart-breaking 2-1 overtime loss to Russia in the quarter-finals.
  • Named WJC’s top goaltender and a tournament all-star selection.
  • Helped Ottawa advance to OHL’s Final Four in post-season (9-8 record, 2.59 GAA, .926 Sv%).
  • Made 36 or more saves on eight different occasions in OHL playoffs, including two 44-save wins.
  • Earned Czech Republic’s third goaltending spot at IIHF world championship in Finland.
2012-13:
  • Started season in ECHL with Toledo (2-1, 2.02 GAA, .944 Sv%).
  • Quickly earned call-up to AHL with Grand Rapids and didn’t look back.
  • Grabbed starting job from Thomas McCollum and shined (23-16-2, 1 SO, 2.33 GAA, .916 Sv%).
  • Earned February call-up to Detroit and earned 26-save 5-1 win over St. Louis in debut on Feb. 7.
  • Finished 1-1 with 2.01 GAA and .922 Sv% before being sent back to Grand Rapids.
  • Stopped six of eight shots in one period of work at AHL all-star game.
  • Ranked among AHL leaders in GAA (11th), wins (11th) and Sv% (17th).
  • Started every minute of every playoff game to lead Grand Rapids to AHL’s Calder Cup.
  • Finished with 15-9 record, 4 SO, 2.31 GAA and .916 Sv%.
  • Enjoyed shutout streak of 175:32 in Calder Cup semifinals versus Oklahoma City.

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He’s not huge in the net but by the way he competes, he plays bigger than what he is. He’s got real good athleticism, he moves well post-to-post and he never gives up on any shots.” — Red Wings scout Joe McDonnell (June 2010) … “He amazes me sometimes with his quickness. He makes the impossible seem so easy. He never gives up on a play. He will forever make that big save. I can remember maybe a bad goal or two. But I can’t remember a bad game.” — Ottawa 67′s general manager Brian Kilrea (April 2011, Ottawa Citizen) … “The bigger the games, the bigger he plays. 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.” — Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer (January 2012, The Hockey News) … “He really handles the puck well. That makes it easy for the D. The other thing I liked about him is he didn’t generate second chances for them. The puck wasn’t coming off him. It was soft. It was under control. Good for the kid. It’s not an easy league to play in. St. Louis is a real good team. To me, he was really composed. I thought he was excellent for us.” — Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock on Mrazek’s NHL debut (February 2013, MLive.com) … “He has great confidence, great moxie — he doesn’t let anything bother him at all. Whether it’s making the jump from junior to pro or being in a high-pressure game, things just don’t bother him. He has great belief in himself. And he’s an outstanding person — it’s like talking to somebody older than he is. And he competes really hard around the net — he doesn’t give up any freebies. He’s on the puck hard and he reads the play really, really well.” — Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill (June 2013).

STRENGTHS
No. 1 asset in the Red Wings’ eyes is his competitiveness … Never gives up on a play, either battling for a sight line or diving with a last-ditch effort to stop a puck … Lightning quickness … Acrobatic and athletic … Especially strong down low and makes effective use of his pads … Improbable, highlight-reel saves are commonplace for Mrazek … Tremendous focus and confidence, key assets for a goalie … Plays the game with fire and enthusiasm, and is not shy about showing his emotions … Has played some of his best hockey in high-pressure situations.

WEAKNESSES
Relies more on reflexes and quickness than positioning and can get caught … Unorthodox style is risky and not everyone can be Dominik Hasek … Leaves openings high … Showy celebrations are natural for Mrazek, but they can backfire by firing up his opponents … Smaller goaltenders are suddenly becoming obsolete, and while Mrazek is no Chris Osgood, he has below-average size.

PROJECTION
Mrazek couldn’t have had a better AHL rookie campaign in 2012-13, establishing himself as the starter in Grand Rapids, making his NHL debut before his 21st birthday, and leading the Griffins to a Calder Cup with an MVP-caliber performance. He has obvious potential as an NHL starting goaltender, but with Jimmy Howard signed through 2019, the Red Wings have time to be patient and properly develop Mrazek. He’s being groomed for NHL duty as Howard’s backup in 2014-15 but will likely be handed 50-plus AHL starts for Grand Rapids in 2013-14 — and should continue to shine.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2006-2007 HC Vitkovice U18 Czech U18 23 2.40 .924 | Playoffs 9 1.85 .942
  HC Frydek-Mistek U18 Czech U18 2 4 1.50 .912 |        
 2007-2008 HC Vitkovice U18 Czech U18 34 2.46 .932 | Playoffs 3 2.68 .928
  HC Vitkovice Czech 0 - - | Relegation 1 10.00 .800
  Czech Republic U16 (all) International-Jr 4 2.27 .839 |        
 2008-2009 HC Vitkovice U18 Czech U18 28 1.99 .946 | Playoffs 4 0.93 .972
  HC Vitkovice U20 Czech U20 13 2.49 .924 | Playoffs 1 1.00 .967
  Czech Republic U17 (all) International-Jr 5 0.86 .973 |        
  Czech Republic U18 WJC-18 0 - - |        
  Czech Republic U18 (all) International-Jr 3 4.50 .899 |        
 2009-2010 Ottawa 67′s OHL 30 3.00 .905 | Playoffs 8 2.39 .928
  Czech Republic U18 (all) International-Jr 4 2.00 .938 |        
 2010-2011 Ottawa 67′s OHL 52 2.84 .920 | Playoffs 4 5.63 .868
 2011-2012 Ottawa 67′s OHL 50 2.84 .917 | Playoffs 17 2.59 .926
  Czech Republic U20 WJC-20 6 2.49 .928 |        
  Czech Republic U20 (all) International-Jr 7 2.84 .912 |        
  Czech Republic WC 1 0.00 1.000 |        
  Czech Republic (all) International 1 0.00 1.000 |        
 2012-2013 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 2.02 .922 |        
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 42 2.33 .916 | Playoffs 24 2.31 .916
  Toledo Walleye ECHL 3 2.02 .944 |        
 2013-2014 Detroit Red Wings NHL 9 1.74 .927 |        
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 31 2.07 .925 |        

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