Life Without Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek has filled the starting goalie role near perfect since Jimmy Howard went down with a groin injury. The Czech goalie has impressed Hockeytown with his speed, agility, focus and overall effort in the crease.

At only 22 years old, some could argue that Mrazek is too young for the number one job, but his numbers don’t lie and neither does his play. With 8 wins in 12 games this year, he sports a 2.12 GAA and .923 SV%.

Among goalies with ten or more games played this season, Mrazek’s GAA ranks fifth best and his SV% ranks eighth best in the league. While the sample size is still small, “Petr the Great” has been exactly that.

The organization has a lot of confidence in the young net-minder and should continue to roll with him until he gives them a reason to doubt him. He has the ability and talent to be a stud in the NHL and post W’s for years to come. Labeled as the next Dominic Hasek, he has shown where the comparisons draw and why they exist.


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