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Goalie Prospects For The Wings

from Bob Duff at the Wings website,

Keith Petruzzelli is a big man on campus....

When he walks to and from class around Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Conn., people take notice of the 6-6, 190-pound sophomore. But when they notice that he's part of the Bobcats' athletic program, fellow students are caught by surprise when they find out which Quinnipiac team makes use of Petruzzelli's talent.

They're certain that he works on the hardwood for the basketball team and are stunned to learn that he performs between the pipes for the hockey team.

"I get asked that all the time," Petruzzelli said of whether he's a basketball player. "When I take my travel letters around to my professors, they all ask, 'Oh, you're on the basketball team?'

"People who say that have never seen my jump shot."

When the Detroit Red Wings saw Petruzzelli performing in the net, they jumped at the chance to get him, selecting the Wilbraham, Mass.-born goaltender 88th overall in the 2017 NHL entry draft....

If it isn't Petruzzelli's Bobcats who cop the NCAA Frozen Four title, perhaps Filip Larsson can backstop the Denver Pioneers to glory and become the first Red Wings prospect to win an NCAA title since Justin Abdelkader scored the game-winning goal for the Michigan State Spartans in the 2007 NCAA final.

Larsson, selected 167th overall by the Wings in the 2016 NHL entry draft, is enjoying a spectacular freshman season with the Pioneers.

He was just named the goaltender of the week for the second time this season after posting 76 saves on 78 shots, a 0.96 goals-against average and a .974 save percentage in Denver's consecutive 2-1 wins against North Dakota.

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Don’t forget about Jesper Eliasson!!! To me, Detroit’s top goaltender prospect are:

1. Filip Larsson
2. Jesper Eliasson
3. Keith Petruzzelli
4. Kaden Fulcher

Posted by AdrenRush369 on 02/12/19 at 01:51 PM ET

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Thanks Adren… and welcome to KK.

I sent you a membership is approved email and it kicked-back to me, so you may want to check that.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/12/19 at 01:53 PM ET

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