Marek Mazanec has been called up to the Nashville Predators after going 5-0-0 in his 5 starts as the Admirals starting goalie. Hellberg will return to Milwaukee for the time being.
An interesting decision for the time being that is difficult to read into. Either Mazanec's play in Milwaukee has earned him an opportunity to start in Nashville, or the Preds are comfortable with Carter Hutton, don't expect to need a backup for the time being, and want to get Hellberg playing.
We'll see in upcoming games what direction the team heads. Hutton is 2-1-1 in his 4 starts since Rinne's absence and has a 2.76 GAA and a .914 sv% on the season.
Below is the full released from Kevin Wilson, the Preds communications manager.
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Nashville, Tenn. () – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Marek Mazanec (MAIR-ehk muh-ZAN-ehk) from Milwaukee (AHL) and reassigned goaltender Magnus Hellberg (MAG-nuhs HEL-buhrg) to the Admirals.
Mazanec, 22 (7/18/91), is a perfect 5-0-0 in his first five starts in the American Hockey League with Milwaukee, and is one of three AHL netminders with a sub-2.00 goals-against average (1.97) and a save percentage north of .930 (.933). The 6-4, 197-pound native of Pisek, Czech Republic is in his first season in North America after helping HC Plzen win the Czech Extraliga title a season ago, stopping 48-of-51 shots in Game Seven of the Czech League finals, with former NHLer Martin Straka scoring the title-winning goal at the mark of double overtime. Nashville's ninth choice, 179th overall (sixth round), in the 2012 Entry Draft, Mazanec catches with his right hand – there have only been three right-catching goalies (Minnesota’s Josh Harding, Philadelphia’s Steve Mason and Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller) to appear in the NHL this season.
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