2) The value of Mrazek both on AND off the ice
Turning to Mrazek’s own recent form, it’s true he has improved of late. Of course, his just being between the pipes is a positive step in itself, after injuries limited him to only two starts during the first couple of months this season.
Going back to the 30-year-old’s performances of late, he has started five times and replaced Campbell early in another game since the calendar turned to 2022, securing four wins in the process. During this period, he has a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 2.33 and a save percentage of .910.
For the 2021-22 campaign as a whole, Mrazek is 6-3-0 in eight starts and nine overall appearances, with a 2.95 GAA and .899 save percentage. It is important to note his season GAA and save percentage are down on his career averages of 2.61 and .910 respectively in 284 NHL games.
There is no denying the 2010 Detroit Red Wings’ draft pick has the talent and athleticism you look for in a quality starting goaltender. However, now in his 10th season in the NHL, his inconsistency and durability issues make you wonder if he will ever fulfill his potential.
If you just focus on the ice, there is an argument that Mrazek’s recent form and his ability make him a good choice as part of a one-two tandem for now. However, his high cap hit continues to loom as an issue which could compromise Toronto’s financial plans, including negotiating a new deal with Campbell, who becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season