Mazanec agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with the Predators on Monday. Mazanec split time last season in AHL Milwaukee, but was benched for much of the team's Calder Cup run in favor of Juuse Saros. Battling it out with Saros is a trend will likely continue for the 24-year-old Czech to determine who will back up Pekka Rinne in the majors. One thing becoming clear for fantasy owners; 2015-16 backup Carter Hutton has likely played his last game in Smashville.
Mazanec has been recalled to serve as the backup Saturday against Dallas. Mazanec will serve as the backup to Carter Hutton as regular starter Pekka Rinne has been given the day off to rest up. The 24-year-old Czech has split the majority of the season down with AHL Milwaukee, yet has still managed a 19-14-5 record that includes four shutouts. Expect the netminder to return to the Admirals almost as soon as he leaves the locker room Saturday.
Mazanec stopped all 30 shots he faced for his third win in a row and first shutout of the season Tuesday as his AHL Milwaukee Admirals topped the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-0. Mazanec has played well for the Ads this season, posting a 9-6-1 record along with a 2.52 GAA and .916 save percentage. Although he's been outshone by rookie Juuse Saros (13-3, 2.41, .919), Mazanec appears to have the hot hand at the moment, and should continue to see the majority of starts for the Admirals over the foreseeable future. Longer term, the 24-year-old Mazanec is seen as a potential everyday starting goalie for the Predators, but he's still at least a season or two away from active duty with Pekka Rinne and Carter Hutton still ahead of him on the depth chart. In the meantime, he's a solid long-term hold in fantasy keeper formats.
Mazanec was reassigned to AHL Milwaukee on Sunday. Mazanec was recalled November 9 after an injury to backup goaltender Carter Hutton. Mazanec did not make an appearance while with the big club, and has been returned to the AHL following Hutton's activation from injured reserve.
Mazanec has been recalled on an emergency basis from AHL Milwaukee on Monday. Mazanec's recall was prompted by an injury to current Nashville backup Carter Hutton. Mazanec has played in 27 NHL career contests with career numbers of 2.77 goals against and a .902 save percentage. Depending on the severity of Hutton's injury, Mazanec may not even make an appearance during this stint in the NHL, as starter Pekka Rinne was just rested on November 1.
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