When their All-Star starting netminder went down with injury, it was Petr Mrazek to the rescue to ease the Detroit Red Wings’ uncertainty. And then when Jimmy Howard returned from injury obviously struggling to find consistency again, Mrazek pitched in down the road to help the Wings to a playoff berth.
For his efforts and performance this past season, the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA) has named Mrazek the Red Wings Rookie of the Year for 2014-15. In the regular season, Mrazek played in 29 games, posting a 16-9-2 record, a 2.38 GAA, and .918 save percentage. He also put up three shutouts. Among all NHL rookie goalies who started at least 15 games last season, he ended up 1st in save percentage, 2nd in goals-against average and shutouts, and 3rd in wins.
He then took the reins between the pipes for the Red Wings in the post-season and solved their goaltending question mark, starting all seven of the Quarterfinal games and posting a 2.11 GAA and .925 save percentage. He also became the 5th goalie in the NHL all-time to post two shutouts in the same playoff series in which they made their NHL playoff debut.
Mrazek is looking forward to next season and competing with Howard for the starting position. Both of them realize that neither is a lock to start yet, and will have to impress soon-to-be new head coach Jeff Blashill if they wish to play over the other.
We very much look forward to more of this: