Detroit Red Wings‘ 5th round pick in the 2010 draft (#141 overall) rookie Czech net minder Petr Mzarek(34) got the nod for his 1st NHL start and absolutely commanded a 5-1 win over Division rivals St. Louis Blues.
Not bad for a goalie that started his still shiny new pro career in the ECHL with Toledo Walleye for a few games before being recalled to Grand Rapid Griffins. He posted a 2-1 record with a 2.02 GAA and .944 SV% on a team that looks to be a Kelly Cup contender.
He got the start in his 2nd game back in the AHL and started winning, a lot, all the time. He’s 16-7 in 25 games with a 2.26 GAA and .916 SV for the division leading squad. His efforts earned him an invite to the 2013 AHL All-Star Game. He was in net for the Western Conference late 3rd period victory.
It would almost be no surprise to see the 6’1″ 187 lbs. goaltender work his way into the mix of starters for the Wings going forward. He’s signed through 2015 on a three-year entry level contract.
The win was a nice early birthday present for the soon-to-be 21-year old Valentine’s Day baby backstop.