Goaltender Matej Machovsky was reassigned from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League to the Walleye today.
Machovsky, a 24-year-old from the Czech Republic, has appeared to be destined to play in Toledo ever since the Detroit Red Wings signed him in May.
Machovsky, who played the last four seasons in his native country, had a 2.25 goals-against average and .925 save percentage last year.
The 6-foot-2 and 187-pound netminder started his junior career in North American, playing four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League. He played three seasons for the Brampton Battalion, beginning in the 2012-13 season.
Machovsky was on the ice with his new Walleye teammates for the first time at practice this morning at Tam-O-Shanter in Sylvania.
Machovsky was invited to the Red Wings' development camp this summer and was in training camp with the Griffins. But Grand Rapids has two other goalies, Jared Coreau and Thomas McCollum, on its roster.
Detroit is the Walleye's NHL affiliate and Grand Rapids is their AHL affiliate. The Red Wings traditionally supply the Walleye with one goaltender to develop each season.
Walleye coach Dan Watson said he saw Machovsky play in the development camp.
“I like his game. I like his work ethic,” Watson said. “He battles hard and competes. He has good range from side to side.”
Machovsky joins ECHL veteran goaltender Pat Nagle on Toledo's training camp roster. Nagle, a 30-year-old native of Bloomfield, Mich., has played six seasons of pro hockey – all primarily in the ECHL.
Toledo plays at Kalamazoo on Saturday in the team's only preseason game. Watson said Machovsky and Nagle will most likely split time in net against the K-Wings with each playing half the game.
The Walleye open the regular season on the road at Quad City on Oct. 13. The home opener is on Oct. 21, also against Quad City.