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NHL DRAFT: Prospects between the pipes

Take a look at some of the top goalie prospects in the upcoming NHL Draft

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

When it comes to the 2017 NHL Draft's goalie crop, there's some variety.

The top North American netminders are a mix of college, USHL and CHL prospects. While a pair of Swedes and a Finn sit at the top of the European ranks.

Jake Oettinger is considered the top goalie in the draft by several prognosticators and publications. The Hockey News lists the soon-to-be Boston University sophomore as their 32nd-overall prospect.

Future Considerations has him at 26 on their big board. He's the number one North American netminder, per NHL Central Scouting.


The 6-foot-4, 212-pound Oettinger played 35 games as a freshman, recording a .927 save percentage and 2.11 goals-against average. He compares his style to that of San Jose Sharks Martin Jones.

"It's very impressive for a true freshman to go in and have the year he did," said a scout, per The Hockey News.

The 6-foot-4, 196-pound Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen sits at the top of NHL Central Scouting's European rankings. International Scouting Services likes him enough to rank him first overall on their goalie list.

"Luukkonen plays an effective butterfly style and does a good job of controlling rebounds," said NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb.

Luukkonen remained at the top of the European rankings for the 2016-17 season, helping his U20 team in Finland to the tune of a 1.78 GAA and .917 save percentage.

"He's such a big kid. He moves well, and it's hard to see the holes," a scout said, per The Hockey News. "He's the top goalie prospect in Europe.

Michael DiPietro surely helped his draft stock, backstopping the hometown Windsor Spitfires to a Memorial Cup Championship just a few weeks ago. He had a .932 save percentage in that tournament and a 2.00 GAA.

"Very quick, flexible and athletic; uses those skills in most areas of his game," says Central Scouting.

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The scouting service lauds his athleticism and high-end skills, paired with "cat-like quickness."

But CSS has DiPietro ranked fourth among their North American goalies, while Future Considerations lists him just two spots back of Oettinger on their board.

In addition to the three aforementioned players, some goalies to watch would Olle Eriksson Ek and Adam Ahman from Sweden. The two Swedes sit at second and third among European netminders per CSS.

Ahman had a .927 save percentage this season for his Swedish junior team, while Eriksson Ek finished 2016-17 with a .924 save percentage for Farjestad Jr.

Massachusetts native Keith Petruzzelli ranked first among rookies in the USHL with 35 games played in 2016-17 and was named to the All-Rookie Team for his 2.40 GAA and .918 save-percentage campaign.

Central Scouting's Al Jensen said, "his style resembles the way the Penguins' Matt Murray plays."

CSS has him ranked second among North American goalies. The Hockey News declares him more of a long-term investment, with him needing to add strength to his 6-foot-5 frame. That size is tantalizing for teams looking for a big man between the pipes.

Among the top draft eligible goalies, there are a few from overseas receiving attention, a rising name and Memorial Cup champion and a college boy listed ahead of the pack. And there's plenty more outside of this list, with Central Scouting ranking 34 total North American goalies and 14 from overseas. There is a variety of options, ranging in size from 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-7 and leagues from Western Canada to Eastern Europe.

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