HIGH PRAISE FOR MRAZEK: Legendary Ottawa 67's general manager Brian Kilrea absolutely heaped praise on Petr Mrazek in an Ottawa Citizen article this week, calling him "as good as" any goaltender in franchise history.
"He amazes me sometimes with his quickness," Kilrea said. "He makes the impossible seem so easy. He never gives up on a play. He will forever make that big save. I can remember maybe a bad goal or two. But I can't remember a bad game."
Mrazek, who signed an amateur tryout with the Griffins after the 67's were eliminated from the Ontario Hockey League playoffs last week, started 52 games this season and had a 2.84 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. He is expected to play another year of junior before turning pro.
"We don't win some of the games we won this year without the best goalie in the league," Kilrea said in the Ottawa Citizen article. "You can crunch all the numbers of any player in the league and no one has been more valuable to his team than Petr. Detroit (Red Wings) made an unbelievable pick."
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