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Red Wings Top 25 Under 25: Keith Petruzzelli is #16

The WIIM Top 25 Under 25 series rolls on with the second and highest ranked goalie on the list

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Birthday: February 09, 1999

Birthplace: Wilbraham, MA

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 190 lbs.

Catches: Left

Drafted: 88th overall, 2017

Currently unsigned

Checking in at 16 this year is Keith Petruzzelli. The Wilbraham, MA native had himself quite a draft eligible season. Keith put up a 2.40 GAA/.918 SV% in 35 USHL games with the Muskegon Lumberjacks, earned USA Hockey’s goaltender of the year award, was one of four goalies named to the USA roster for the World Junior Summer Showcase and of course was drafted in the third round by the Red Wings.

Strengths and weaknesses

The first thing that stands out when you watch any film of Keith Petruzzelli is his size. At 6’6” he is already the biggest goalie in the Red Wings organization. While a player’s size can be and often is debated when talking about skaters, it is generally seen as a positive attribute among goaltenders. When you can take that size and add in some athleticism as well as solid positioning, rebound control and a calm under pressure demeanor and you have yourself one heck of a goalie prospect. As with any really tall goalie, he is very good at taking away the bottom of the net and so far he has displayed a very keen ability to absorb high shots into his padding instead of letting them hit and bounce off into really juicy rebounds. As with most freshly drafted players, Keith will need to work on adding strength to his frame in order to eventually be able to hold up to the rigors of playing a full NHL schedule. I would also like to see him improve on his anticipation just a little more. He is by no means bad at reading a situation, but the best (and sometimes only) way to be a large frame goalie is to get him moving in order to open up holes. If he can take anticipation up another notch he could develop into a veritable brick wall for the Red Wings down the road.

Looking forward

This upcoming season Keith will join his older brother DJ at Quinnipac University. Additionally, expect to see him battling for playing time with the USA team at the World Juniors. Long term, Petruzzelli has a very good shot at being the Red Wings “goaltender of the future” but it will likely be at least three seasons before he even begins to emerge onto the radar.