Below is the press release from the Nashville Predators and afterwards are my thoughts on the reassignment.
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reassigned goaltender Marek Mazanec to Milwaukee (AHL).
Mazanec, 22 (7/18/91), has posted an 8-10-4 record, a .902 save percentage, a 2.80 goals-against average and two shutouts in 25 games for Nashville this season, and is a perfect 5-0-0 in his first five starts in the American Hockey League with the Admirals, posting a 1.97 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.
Now Preds fans, don't overreact to the news of Marek Mazanec not being in the NHL, while Carter Hutton remains with the Predators. Mazanec has been reassigned for the purpose of developing his game to an elite level. Mazanec is skilled enough, to be elite goaltender, but he needs to develop more in the American League with Milwaukee.
Devan Dubnyk appears to be the starting netminder for Barry Trotz and could make his first appearance as a Predator Saturday when hosting the Colorado Avalanche. However, if Trotz decides to roll with hot hand, which he has been prone to do throughout his coaching career, it will be Hutton, who has won the last two games as the starter for Nashville.