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Entry Draft preview: Top five North American goalies

In the second of a four-part series, here are the five best North American draft-eligible netminders

by NHL @NHL / NHL.com

With the NHL Entry Draft coming up next week, we took a look at the top prospects available for selection this year in Chicago. In the second of a four-part series, here are the top 5 North American draft-eligible goalies, as ranked by the Central Scouting Bureau (CSB).

Jake Oettinger
Final rank (midterm rank): 1 (3)
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 212 lbs.
Born: December 18, 1998
Birthplace: Lakeville, MN

Jake Oettinger appeared in 35 games for the Boston University Terriers in 2016-17, posting a 2.11 goals-against average and .927 save percentage with four shutouts en route to a 21-11-3 record. In 2015-16, Oettinger played in 37 games with the USA U18 team, presenting a 25-8-0-1 record, a 2.38 goals-against average, a .908 save percentage and two shutouts. The 6-foot-4, 212-pound netminder helped Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2016 Under-18 World Hockey Championship, recording a sparkling 1.50 GAA and .934 save percentage in four contests.

Keith Petruzzelli
Final rank (midterm rank): 2 (1)
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 180 lbs.
Born: February 9, 1999
Birthplace: Wilbraham, MA

Keith Petruzzelli appeared in 35 games with the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks in 2016-17, posting a 22-10-0-1 record, a 2.40 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and two shutouts, also appearing in two playoff games. He was recently named USA Hockey's Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year for his efforts. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound netminder played in one game at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, posting a 2.79 goals-against average and .880 save percentage en route to a silver medal.

Ian Scott
Final rank (midterm rank): 3 (2)
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 172 lbs.
Born: January 11, 1999
Birthplace: Calgary, AB

Ian Scott spent the 2016-17 season with the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders, posting a 12-31-3-0 record, a 3.69 goals-against average, .895 save percentage and a pair of shutouts in 50 games. In 26 games with the Raiders in 2015-16, Scott registered a 3.24 GAA and .892 save percentage. The 6-foot-3, 172-pound netminder represented Canada at the 2017 Under-18 World Hockey Championship, appearing in 4 games, and played one game for his country in the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.

Michael Dipietro
Final rank (midterm rank): 4 (7)
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 200 lbs.
Born: June 9, 1999
Birthplace: Windsor, ON

Michael Dipietro enjoyed quite the year with the Windsor Spitfires, appearing in 51 regular season games. He registered a 2.35 goals-against average, a .935 save percentage and six shutouts with a 30-12-4-2 record during the season. He then backstopped Windsor to a Memorial Cup championship, going undefeated in four games with a 2.00 GAA and .932 save percentage. In 2015-16, the 6-foot, 200-pound goaltender played in 29 games for Windsor, recording a 2.45 GAA and .912 save percentage. Dipietro represented Canada at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, appearing in three games (2.00 GAA, .920 SV%).

Stuart Skinner
Final rank (midterm rank): 5 (9)
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 205 lbs.
Born: November 1, 1998
Birthplace: Edmonton, AB

Stuart Skinner is coming off his third full season with the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes, posting a 34-18-3-2 record, 3.26 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and two shutouts. He also appeared in 20 playoff games for the Hurricanes, posting a 3.09 GAA and .916 SV% en route to a third-round exit. In 2015-16, Skinner played in 44 games for Lethbridge, recording a 2.73 goals-against average and .920 save percentage with three shutouts.
 
For the full rankings and more info on each player, head to the Central Scouting Bureau's 2017 Draft Prospect Rankings page.

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