Following the move earlier this week to send goalie Petr Mrazek back to Grand Rapids, the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday assigned Mrazek along with center Landon Ferraro to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Mrazek, 21, prevented 21 of 24 shots in his season debut with the Griffins in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs last Saturday. During his rookie campaign with the team last year, Mrazek posted a 23-16-2 record, a 0.916 save percentage and a 2.33 GAA. The Ostrava, Czech Republic, native backstopped Grand Rapids to its first-ever Calder Cup championship, producing a 15-9 record, a 2.31 GAA, a 0.916 save percentage and a franchise-record four shutouts during the playoffs. Mrazek also became the second goalie in history to earn a victory in his NHL, AHL and ECHL debuts in one season.
A native of Trail, British Columbia, Ferraro had been on injured non-roster status with Detroit since the preseason. The third-year pro has appeared in 130 games with the Griffins, posting 67 points (33-34—67) and 91 penalty minutes. During the 2012-13 regular season, Ferraro led the AHL in shorthanded goals and ranked among team leaders with 24 goals (1st), 23 assists (6th) and 47 points (3rd) in 72 games. The six-foot, 182-pound center also tied for third on the team and for sixth in the AHL with 16 points (5-11—16) in 24 playoff games en route to the Calder Cup.
The Griffins (2-0-1-0) will host the Milwaukee Admirals at Van Andel Arena Friday at 7:00pm for the home opener. Before the puck drops, the team will raise its championship banner to celebrate last year’s Calder Cup victory.