Marek Mazanec (born 18 July 1991) is a Czech professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for Mountfield HK of the Czech Extraliga (ELH) and he is on the reserve list of Tampa Bay Lightning. Mazanec has previously played for the Nashville Predators, who selected him in the sixth round, 179th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Marek Mazanec
Born (1991-07-18) 18 July 1991 (age 28)
Písek, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
ELH team
Former teams
Mountfield HK
HC Plzeň
Nashville Predators
Slovan Bratislava
NHL Draft 179th overall, 2012
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2010–present

Playing careerEdit

Mazanec played at the junior level with IHC Písek, before at 14 moving to Plzeň, where he continued his junior career. Beginning in the 2009–10 season, he played at the senior level in the professional Czech Extraliga.[1]

On 3 May 2013, the Nashville Predators of the NHL signed Mazanec to a two-year, entry-level contract.[2] He began the 2013–14 season with the Predators' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.

On 8 November 2013, Mazanec made his NHL debut with Nashville, playing 51:37 and allowing two goals on 24 shots after replacing starter Carter Hutton in a game against the Winnipeg Jets.[3] After 10 games with the Predators he posted a .932 save percentage and was named NHL Rookie of the month for November.[4]

On 20 July 2017, Mazanec agreed to a one-year extension to remain with the Predators for his last restricted year under contract.[5] However under a month later, the Predators and Mazanec agreed not to fulfil his contract, allowing him to leave North America and agree to a one-year contract with Slovak outfit, Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), on 14 August 2017.[6]

On 6 December 2017, the New York Rangers signed Mazanec and immediately assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.[7]

In the following 2018–19 season, Mazanec appeared in 20 games for the Wolf Pack posting a record of 7–8–3 along with a .903 save percentage and 3.01 GAA. He was recalled to the Rangers on two occasions however did not feature in a game. On February 12, 2019, the Rangers traded Mazanec to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in 2020.[8] As the Canucks backup, he did not feature in a game, before he was sent for the remainder of the season to AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets.

As an impending unrestricted free agent from the Canucks, Mazanec opted to return to his native Czech Republic, agreeing to a two-year contract with Mountfield HK of the ELH on 27 April 2019.[9] At the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Canucks traded Mazanec's rights, 2019 third-round draft pick and a 2020 conditional pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for J. T. Miller on 22 June 2019.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2009–10 Plzeň ELH 1 0 1 0 20 3 0 9.00 .769
2009–10 HC Klatovy Czech.2 3 3.24 .889
2010–11 Plzeň ELH 15 9 6 0 860 40 1 2.79 .911
2010–11 IHC Písek Czech.1 3 2 1 0 180 3 1 1.00 .977
2011–12 Plzeň ELH 19 12 7 0 973 48 1 2.96 .900 5 1 4 222 8 0 2.16 .919
2011–12 HC Klatovy Czech.2 17 3.78 6 3.18
2012–13 Plzeň ELH 21 9 12 0 1255 52 1 2.49 .912 20 12 8 1241 44 2 2.13 .932
2012–13 IHC Písek Czech.1 12 4.25 .880
2013–14 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 31 18 10 3 1866 76 0 2.44 .914 3 0 3 178 9 0 3.03 .898
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 25 8 10 4 1370 64 2 2.80 .902
2014–15 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 48 18 18 9 2628 121 4 2.76 .900
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 2 0 1 0 106 4 0 2.26 .915
2015–16 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 39 19 15 5 2349 96 4 2.45 .912 1 0 1 56 4 0 4.26 .846
2016–17 Nashville Predators NHL 4 0 2 0 178 14 0 4.72 .839
2016–17 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 47 27 17 3 2789 123 3 2.65 .912 3 0 3 198 10 0 3.03 .906
2017–18 HC Slovan Bratislava KHL 23 4 15 2 1290 73 0 3.40 .899
2017–18 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 20 11 6 1 1153 57 0 2.97 .905
2018–19 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 20 7 8 3 1155 83 0 3.01 .903
2018–19 Utica Comets AHL 10 3 5 0 502 25 1 2.99 .874
NHL totals 31 8 13 4 1653 82 2 2.98 .895

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2009 Czech Republic WJC18 6th 3 1 2 0 116 7 0 3.62 .892
2011 Czech Republic WJC 7th 3 1 2 0 112 10 1 5.37 .828
Junior totals 6 2 4 0 228 17 1 4.47 .860

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marek Mazanec player profile". Eliteprospects.com. 18 July 1991. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Predators sign goaltender Marek Mazanec to entry-level contract". Nashville Predators. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Big first period carries Jets past Predators". National Hockey League. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Mazanec honored as NHL rookie of the month". National Hockey League. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Predators sign Mazanec to one-year deal". Nashville Predators. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Zo zámoria do Slovana". HC Slovan (in Slovak). 14 August 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Rangers Sign Goaltender Marek Mazanec". NHL.com. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Canucks acquire G Mazanec from Rangers - TSN.ca". TSN. 12 February 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Marek Mazanec returns from overseas" (in Czech). Mountfield HK. 27 April 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Canucks acquire J.T. Miller from Lightning for Mazanec, draft picks". Sportsnet.ca. 22 June 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2019.

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