As expected the Nashville Predators have reassigned rookie goaltender Marek Mazanec to their AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.
The acquisition of Devan Dubnyk from the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday gave the Preds a starting netminder, something they haven’t had with any consistency since Pekka Rinne was shelved with an infection in his surgically repaired hip back in October. Carter Hutton and Mazanec each had runs as the main man in goal but neither could sustain the momentum long enough to keep the crease. Mazanec, a rookie and therefore not subject to waivers, was the odd-man out.
It’s not all bad news for Mazanec, however. The 2012-13 Czech Extraliga Champion is in just his first season in North America. He’s experienced the high’s and low’s of the National Hockey League level and can now try to establish himself as a starter and regain his confidence at the AHL level.
But what does this mean for 2011 second round pick Magnus Hellberg? A truly gifted goalie with all the siz...