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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 19: Petr Mrazek

Petr Mrazek | Detroit Red Wings

The New York Islanders dropped the ball when it came to Petr Mrazek. At 25 years-old and only 169 career games under his belt, he doesn’t have a lot of mileage on him.

Sure, in Detroit this year he hasn’t looked great, sporting a 2.89 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.

A lot’s changed since then though. In three starts with Philadelphia, he has a .947 save percentage and a 1.30 goals against average. Obviously, the sample size is small, but it shows he’s capable of being a good goalie in this league.

With Thomas Greiss on the shelf, and the Islanders close to a playoff spot how do you not improve the backup role? Greiss wasn’t playing up to par anyway so are you crying over cutting ties with him?

Also, Jaroslav Halak is a UFA at the end of the year, Mrazek provides an insurance policy and a controllable contract as he’s an RFA at the end of the year.

The Flyers gave up just a 2018 fourth round pick and a conditional 2019 third round pick. That’s a very small asking price for someone who at worst is a 1b type of goalie who can serve a similar role that Thomas Greiss has but with better production.

If Mrazek turns into the goalie, people expect him to in Philly the Isles might be kicking themselves over this one, especially if they can’t convince Ilya Sorokin to come over.

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