The Nashville Predators saw backup goaltender Carter Hutton play the final minutes of their game against the San Jose Sharks on Friday evening – so just ahead of the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery, goaltender Marek Mazanec was given the nod to come back up to the NHL level.
The Predators confirmed on Saturday evening that Mazanec had been recalled from the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, pulling the 24-year-old netminder up to the big club not long after the Admirals saw their postseason end prematurely.
A former sixth round draft selection of the Predators from 2012, Mazanec played in 39 regular season games for the AHL’s Admirals this year, recording a .912 save percentage in all situations and four shutouts on the year. He hasn’t gotten a look at the NHL level this season, but performed well enough in the games he did appear with Nashville in the two seasons prior to this one. Should the Predators need to put him into a game for whatever reason, he should be okay.
The Predators took home a tough 5-2 loss to the Sharks in the first game of the Western Conference semifinals, so they’ll want to see a strong bounce-back in their next game of the series. The two teams are slated to play again on Sunday at 5:00 PM PST on the road in San Jose, then they’ll head back to Tennessee for games three and four.