This saga has finally come to its completion. Marek Mazanec has officially signed with HC Slovan Bratislava in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). In the release from the Slovakian club it states a mutual terms of release between Mazanec and the Nashville Predators after having signed a new one-year, two-way contract at the end of July.
Mazanec’s run in North America lasted four seasons with his debut season of 2013-14 being his most successful with 25 appearances in the NHL with the Nashville Predators. That run also saw him earn a league distinction as NHL Rookie of the Month (November). In his NHL career he won 8 games from 31 appearances and held a 2.98 goals against average, 0.895 save percentage, and earned 2 shutouts.
What will stand out the most though was Mazanec’s tenure with the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL. He logged the most games in net, 165, of any goaltender in the AHL history of the Admirals. He won 82 games, had a 2.59 goals against average and 0.909 save percentage, earned 11 shutouts, and even managed to produce 11 assists from the crease.
This puts a spotlight to the now three goaltenders that will be competing for work once Training Camp begins in Milwaukee. There is Anders Lindbäck, Matt O’Connor, and Jake Paterson. There is no clear favorite for any starter in Milwaukee and the odd man out will find them self as the likely starter for the Norfolk Admirals in the ECHL.
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