Detroit Red Wings: 3 future goalies to watch within the organization

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Detroit Red Wings, Keith Petruzzelli
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Keith Petruzzelli: Currently playing for Quinnipiac University

One of former GM Ken Holland’s draft picks in 2017, Keith Petruzzelli, is another promising goaltender to keep an eye on as he finishes out his time at the NCAA level with the Quinnipiac University Bobcats.

The 6-foot-5, 185-pound netminder is a USHL product who has routinely gotten better over his first three years with Quinnipiac. His freshman year and junior year numbers are vastly different in comparison.

As a freshman, he played in 17 games for Quinnipiac, where he had a 2.88 GAA and .892 SV% coming back his sophomore year to play in 14 games. He would manage a 2.42 GAA and a .904 SV% during his second season in NCAA hockey, but he took off last year.

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In 2019-20, Petruzzelli played in 34 games, where he had a 2.01 GAA with a .920 SV% as he settled in for Quinnipiac.

The reports said that Petruzzelli came into the NCAA level being a bit overconfident, and now he has shaken that attitude, and that has added to his game.

He has settled in nicely as an NCAA goaltender, molding into the starter role at Quinnipiac, and as his stats show, he settled in quite nicely.

The Red Wings should keep an eye on Petruzzelli, as he might be able to make a jump into the minors and eventually NHL sooner than later as one of the future possible star goalies bred from within the organization.

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The Detroit Red Wings have options, they could sign someone if these three do not work out, and they have other goaltenders in the system; it will just be a matter of finding out which one will blossom into a future NHL stud.