#7: Petr Mrazek, Chicago Blackhawks
2021-22 Stats: 12-6-0 Record, 20 Games, 3.34 GAA, .888 Save %
The two teams that are fully expected to finish at the bottom of the division also have the two lowest ranked goaltenders on my list. With that said, Mrazek isn’t a scrub by any means.
I would be tempted to put Mrazek higher on this list if he hadn’t missed so much time last season, and if he wasn’t coming into a difficult situation with the Blackhawks.
Mrazek appeared in just 20 games last season for the Maple Leafs, while posting his worst career numbers in GAA and Save Percentage. It’s going to be a tall order to improve with what’s going to be one of the worst lineups in the NHL lining up in front of him.
It is worth noting that the season before in limited action for the Carolina Hurricanes, Mrazek put up very respectable numbers with a save percentage above 92 and a rock-solid GAA of 2.06. So we know the talent level is there.
Veteran Alex Stalock will line up behind Mrazek, and don’t be shocked at all if the starts end up being split more evenly between the two. Either way, probably going to be another rocky year for Chicago goaltending.