The Atlanta Thrashers have recalled goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, according to Thrashers executive vice president and general manager Don Waddell.
Pavelec, 21, has appeared in nine games for the Wolves this season, posting a 5-3-1 record with a 1.54 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage. He is tied for first in the AHL with two shutouts, tied for second in wins, and ranks fourth in GAA and save percentage. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound netminder has allowed two or fewer goals in eight of his nine games this season.
The Kladno, Czech Republic, native posted a 3-3-0 record with a 3.11 GAA and a .905 save percentage during the first seven games of his NHL career with the Thrashers in 2007-08.
Pavelec has earned a 38-19-4 record with four shutouts, a 2.40 GAA and a .916 save percentage in 61 career regular-season games with Chicago. He posted a 16-8 record with two shutouts and a 2.34 GAA in 24 playoff games in 2008, leading the Wolves to the Calder Cup championship.
Pavelec, who was selected by the Thrashers in the second round, 41st overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, is expected to be in uniform Saturday when Atlanta visits New Jersey.