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RAZOR'S EDGE

04/01/2015 12:04 AM -

Red Wings prospect Petr Mrazek has already led the Griffins to one Calder Cup championship. Will he do it again before graduating to the NHL full time next season?

Petr Mrazek has that swagger. If he were a character out of folklore, he'd be slaying dragons, pulling swords out of stones and rescuing damsels in distress. He has the makings to become a hockey hero for the ages – and he knows it.
    
The young netminder has all the confidence in the world – and then some – and dreams of the day when he can be considered one of the best goaltenders in the game. And yet such flights of fancy do nothing but foil his focus.
    
Mrazek has yet to play a full season in the NHL, so nobody is proclaiming him the second coming of Dominik Hasek, his boyhood idol in the Czech Republic, whose unorthodox style allowed him to become a six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top netminder and the only goaltender to win the Hart Trophy twice as the league's most valuable player.
    
Still, even at the tender age of 23, Mrazek has demonstrated the kind of talent that prompts grand predictions for his future. He is doggedly determined, unflappable and unflinching in his attitude while showing an uncanny ability to win hockey games at every level.





GREAT EXPECTATIONS

02/06/2015 4:02 PM -
As a highly touted Red Wings prospect, Anthony Mantha is learning it’s a long road from Grand Rapids to Detroit.
 
Anthony Mantha remembers what it was like when he was first learning to play.
                
“When you’re young, it’s all about having fun,” Mantha said. “We would go to the park outside and just skate. My dad and my grandfather would take me to free skates and that was the main message, just have fun, probably all the way up to midget AAA.”
                
Almost from the beginning, Mantha excelled. A natural athlete, he has participated in a plethora of sports – tennis, golf, cross country, handball, soccer, badminton – but hockey was his first love. “Back in those days, it was easy,” he said. “You’re just having fun with your friends and hanging out.”
                
If Mantha is feeling a little nostalgic about growing up in Longueuil, Quebec, north of Montreal, it’s because his first professional season has not been easy.
                
Expectations were high. Many people had anointed Mantha to be the next star in Detroit despite the fact that he is only 20 years old and is still learning to use all of his tools.
                
“For Anthony Mantha, it’s a process,” said Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill. “Everybody wanted to expediate his timeline to a very, very unfair degree. This is a hard, hard league and it’s a huge jump from major junior. I thought the expectations were extremely unfair.”


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