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A look at the top four goaltenders available this year

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

Ahead of the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, will highlight the top players available by position, as ranked by NHL Central Scouting.

Here is a breakdown of the top goaltenders in this year's draft class:


1. Jake Oettinger - Boston University (H-EAST)

Oettinger fits the mold of the modern NHL starting goaltender: a big, athletic netminder who is technically sound. He moves around his crease with ease and is particularly strong down low, covering off the bottom half of the net well. Oettinger is coming off a strong freshman season with Boston University, going 21-11-3 with a 2.11 GAA and a .927 save percentage.

2. Keith Petruzzelli - Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)

The 6-foot-6, 174-lb., Petruzelli had 22 wins in his 2016-17 season with the Lumberjacks, which ranked first among all rookie netminders in the USHL. His .918 save percentage also led all USHL rookies. Thanks to his size and strong positioning, Petruzzelli covers the top and the bottom of the net extremely well. He plays with poise, never looking rattled no matter the situation.


1. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen - HPK U20 (Jr. A SM-Liiga)

Luukkonen is an extremely athletic, fluid-moving netminder who has excellent rebound control. His quick glove and blocker hands make it tough for shooters to find space up high. In his 2016-17 season with HPK's under-20 squad, Luukkonen posted a 1.78 GAA and a .917 save percentage in 35 games.

2. Olle Eriksson Ek - Farjestad BK J20 (SuperElit)

One area of Eriksson Ek's game that stands out is how technically sound he is. His technique is much more polished than most goaltenders his age and has allowed him to succeed throughout his junior career. He doesn't allow many rebounds and when he does, he is able to direct them out of high-traffic areas. In 30 games this year, the Swede posted a 2.16 GAA and a .924 save percentage.

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