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Training Camp Battle: Jonas Gustavsson Vs Petr Mrazek

Jonas Gustavsson had a tough season last year; he was switching his goaltending style and fought through injuries, which stole a month of work away from him.

During that month the Red Wings were forced to call up Griffins’ goaltender Thomas McCollum to back up Jimmy Howard, but when the time came and the Red Wings needed a goaltender to relieve Howard it was Petr Mrazek who received the call.

Once The Monster was healthy enough to play Mrazek was sent back down to the AHL, but in his two games with the Red Wings he proved that he is the real deal in net. Gustavsson on the other hand was giving fans reasons to despise him and call for Mrazek back.

In Gustavsson’s two wins he was impeccable and posted .962 and .933 Save Percentages, but it was his losses that stick in the fans’ minds. In the games the Red Wings lost with him in net he did not post a SV% over .889 and even posted a .750 SV%.

In Mrazek’s to games he looked the part of an NHL goaltender. He did not let anything get to him and because of that he posted a .963 SV% in a win against the Blues and on the low-end he posted a .875 SV% in a loss against the Wild.

After Mrazek was sent back to the Griffins, he led the team all the way to the AHL Finals and to a Calder Cup victory. The Calder Cup victory was the first in Griffins’ history and hopefully there will be many to follow.

This is Gustavsson’s spot to lose and as long as he plays well through Training Camp and the Preseason he will be the Red Wings back-up goaltender. Mrazek does have the opportunity to sneak in and steal the spot, but he would have to be impeccable and Gustavsson would have to be dreadful.

With a full off-season with the coaches, a complete training camp, a full preseason, and the fact that he is currently healthy The Monster will be ready to back-up Howard. He will not let the Red Wings down and will be fighting for a new contract with the Red Wings or another NHL team where he could compete to be the starting goaltender.

Jonas Gustavsson’s 2012-13 stats

MAR 31 ’13   CHI @ DET 3 12 9 .750 0 0 36:08 3 0 0 0
MAR 25 ’13   DET @ PHX W 2 30 28 .933 0 0 60:00 1 1 0 0
MAR 13 ’13   DET @ CGY L 5 22 17 .773 0 0 60:00 4 1 0 0
MAR 09 ’13   DET @ CBJ L 3 24 21 .875 0 0 60:00 2 1 0 0
FEB 28 ’13   DET @ SJS W 1 26 25 .962 0 0 65:00 1 0 0 0
FEB 19 ’13   DET @ NSH O 2 18 16 .889 0 2 49:22 2 0 0 0
JAN 19 ’13   DET @ STL 1 8 7 .875 0 0 18:45 0 1 0 0

Petr Mrazek’s 2012-13 stats

FEB 17 ’13   DET @ MIN L 3 24 21 .875 0 0 59:09 3 0 0 0
FEB 07 ’13   DET @ STL W 1 27 26 .963 0 0 60:00 0 1 0 0

Will Petr Mrazk beat out Jonas Gustavsson?

I say no he will not. Another year of development in the AHL will be best thing for Mrazek and Gustavsson will be a quality back-up for the upcoming season.

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Tags: Detroit Red Wings Jonas Gustavsson Petr Mrazek

  • Tekevwe Kwakpovwe

    There’s no way management is going to put Mrazek as a back-up in Detroit. He needs to develop his talent not rot away on a bench. He will be in GR for at least 2 more seasons to develop and improve. Look how long Howard’s contract is, that says it all, he’s going to be the starter for at least 4 more seasons with a 5 year contract like that.