Blackhawks goalkeeper, Petr Mrazek, substitute injured
The Chicago Blackhawks It was announced on Sunday that goalkeeper Petr Mrazek would be placed on the bench due to injury.
Mrazek was sore in the second period of his team’s 4-3 First Half win over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.
Mrazek has played three games so far this season, scoring 1-1-0 and 3.76 GAA and 0.873 SV%. He is working to fix his stock around the NHL as a reliable keeper. His reputation took off last year when he struggled with stability playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs decided to pull Mrazek just one year into his $11.4 million 3-year contract. He was initially signed as a potential replacement for outgoing goalkeeper Frederik Andersen. He fell short of his expectations and the Maple Leafs had to drop 13 places in the 2022 draft to move him to Chicago.
The 30-year-old goalkeeper is looking for a fresh start in rebuilding the Chicago Blackhawks but the injury is another obstacle to his goal of returning to form. While Mrazek has a groin strain, Alex Stalock will be the starting goalkeeper in his place.
During his decade-long career, Mrazek played in 298 NHL games with a record of 141-103-31. His stats are solid at 2.65 GAA and 0.909 SV%. It’s ironic that this injury should happen to the team where he played some of his best hockey games between 2012-18.