A week ago, most fans had never heard of Petr Mrazek. He has risen quickly through the minor league system and has been successful at each stop.
With Jimmy Howard needing a rest and Jonas Gustavsson being injured, the team called Mrazek up from Grand Rapids. He had a tall order facing the St Louis Blues in his debut game. The 20-year-old net minder stopped 26 shots as the Red Wings won 5-1.
He looked very calm while making made save after save, and showed no signs of being a rookie in his first game.
Mrazek now becomes the next great thing to the fans. While the thought is that he was still a year or two away, one game will have people wanting to rush him. If he gets another chance, the expectations and pressure will be even higher.
He must now be able to overcome an off game. He has to show that he can handle the obstacles that come with first-this time success at the NHL level.
PJ Sapienza is a Featured Columnist covering the Detroit Red Wings, as well as many other sports. You can follow him on Twitter.