26-Year-Old Goalie – Nashville Predators
Marek Mazanec Contract Information:
Signed a one-year deal with HC Slovan (KHL) in August of 2017.
Mazanec inked a one-year deal with HC Slovan of the KHL on Monday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Mazanec, who agreed to terms on a new one-year, two-way contract with the Predators in June, spent most of last season with AHL Milwaukee. He posted a respectable 19-5-0 record in the minors during the regular season, but was benched for much of the Admirals’ Calder Cup run in favor of Juuse Saros. Now that Carter Hutton – last year’s backup to regular starter Pekka Rinne – has signed with St. Louis, Mazanec may continue to battle it out with Saros this season as the Preds try to determine their No. 2 netminder. But unless Rinne suffers an injury, even winning the backup job won’t amount to a lot of playing time for Mazanec.
In January of last season, Mazanec was called up briefly by the Preds to back up Carter Hutton when regular starter Pekka Rinne went down with a sprained knee. Mazanec performed solidly in the two games in which he appeared, posting a 2.26 GAA and .915 save percentage, but otherwise spent the rest of the season putting up so-so numbers at AHL Milwaukee (18-18-0, 2.76 GAA, .900 save percentage). With Rinne signed long-term and Hutton having since emerged as a very capable backup, Mazanec figures to remain in the AHL for the foreseeable future, unless the Preds deal him to another team where his path to the NHL is more immediate.