Detroit Red Wings: A check-up on the organization’s goaltending prospects

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Keith Petruzzelli, 34 games with Quinnipiac University in NCAA

Another one of the elite goalie prospects the Detroit Red Wings possess is Keith Petruzzelli, who plays in the NCAA still. Petruzzelli has not made the jump to the AHL yet, but he has spent the past few seasons with Quinnipiac University as their netminder.

Petruzzelli is a third-round draft choice of the Red Wings from the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He stands 6-foot-5, weighing in at 181-pounds. After three seasons with Quinnipiac, he will look to break into the AHL scene sooner rather than later and offer some upside for the future.

This past season, Petruzzelli was deemed the starter, playing in thirty-four games with a 21-10-2 with a 2.01 GAA and a .920 SV% on the season. Before this year, Petruzzelli was not the number one netminder at Quinnipiac University.

In 2018-19, Petruzzelli only found his way into 14 games, posting a 8-3-0 record with a 2.42 GAA and a .904 SV% on the season. Before that, in his first year after leaving the USHL, Petruzzelli played in 17 games posting a 5-6-2 record with a 2.88 GAA and a .892 SV% in 2017-18.

During his time at Quinnipiac, Petruzzelli has flourished with the most recent season being his best yet, proving that he deserves quite the look. The question about Petruzzelli will be to see how his game transfers as he transfers to the AHL.

Petruzzelli will look to jump into the minors and earn his shot at the Detroit Red Wings goalie of the future. The solution may come from free agency, but Petruzzelli and others are going to try and become the netminder of the future for this organization.