Future Watch: Petr Mrazek Hockey Rookie Cards, Detroit Red Wings – Goalies have a special aura about them in the hobby and in and around NHL circles. You never know when your backup will become your starter and last year the Detroit Red Wings saw that happen with Petr Mrazek.
With just 40 regular season games under his belt the very athletic Czech product unseated incumbent Jimmy Howard and had a nice playoff run making 7 starts. He had a spectacular .925 save percentage and now the 23-year-old has his sights set on the #1 job in Detroit this season. His team lost 4-3 in the first round to the Eastern Conference champion, Tampa Bay Lightning but he gained valuable experience.
Petr Mrazek was drafted with the 141st overall pick in the very deep 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Leading up to this, he won the 2009 Dinty Moore Best Rookie Award in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s. In the 2011-12 World Junior Championships he won the Best Goalie award and in 2012-13 he won the Calder Cup with the Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL.
Petr Mrazek has several rookie cards from 2013-14 hockey products. However, two in particular are quite popular with collectors. One is his short-printed card in 2013-14 UD SPX Hockey. The other is his rookie card from 2013-14 Panini Prizm Hockey.
Here’s a look at one of the saves of the year. Tampa’s Brian Boyle thought he had a sure goal until Mrazek performed his magic:
Here’s another crazy athletic save showing how limber this player really is:
With all the moves the Red Wings made this offseason they could be poised to make a nice run in the playoffs. As it stands today Jimmy Howard may have to unseat Mrazek to get his job back.
Future Watch: Petr Mrazek Hockey Rookie Cards, Detroit Red Wings Image Gallery
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