The Malik Report
by George Malik on 10/16/13 at 12:09 PM ET
Updated with pictures of Petr Mrazek's new mask at 2:21 PM: As noted earlier, the Red Wings have sent Petr Mrazek to Grand Rapids as Jimmy Howard's apparently at least healthy enough to back up Jonas Gustavsson tomorrow against the Avalanche, and the Griffins report that another Wings prospect's health has improved to the point that the Wings can make the paper transaction of sending him to the AHL:
FERRARO AND MRAZEK ASSIGNED
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday assigned center Landon Ferraro and goaltender Petr Mrazek to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
A native of Trail, British Columbia, Ferraro had been on injured non-roster status with Detroit since the preseason. The third-year pro has appeared in 130 games with the Griffins, posting 67 points (33-34—67) and 91 penalty minutes. During the 2012-13 regular season, Ferraro led the AHL in shorthanded goals and ranked among team leaders with 24 goals (1st), 23 assists (6th) and 47 points (3rd) in 72 games. The six-foot, 182-pound center also tied for third on the team and for sixth in the AHL with 16 points (5-11—16) in 24 playoff games en route to the Calder Cup.
Mrazek, 21, prevented 21 of 24 shots in his season debut with the Griffins in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs last Saturday. During his rookie campaign with the team last year, Mrazek posted a 23-16-2 record, a 0.916 save percentage and a 2.33 GAA. The Ostrava, Czech Republic, native backstopped Grand Rapids to its first-ever Calder Cup championship, producing a 15-9 record, a 2.31 GAA, a 0.916 save percentage and a franchise-record four shutouts during the playoffs. Mrazek also became the second goalie in history to earn a victory in his NHL, AHL and ECHL debuts in one season.
The Griffins (2-0-1-0) will host the Milwaukee Admirals at Van Andel Arena Friday at 7 p.m. for the home opener. Before the puck drops, the team will raise its championship banner to celebrate last year’s Calder Cup victory.
Update: Ray Bishop posted a photo gallery depicting Petr Mrazek's 2013-2014 season mask. Jimmy Howard got the Spirit of Detroit, and Mrazek got Joe Louis's fist:
Images copyright Ray Bishop and Bishop Designs.
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