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Prospect Profiles: Goaltenders

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Could the Sens be looking at selecting a goaltender this weekend? In today's Sport Chek Prospect Profiles, we take a look at 5 of the top options in net available in the 2017 NHL Draft.

1. Jake Oettinger

  • #1 ranked North American Goalie

  • Goalie / Boston University (NCAA)

  • Height: 6' 4"

  • Weight: 218 lbs


  • Appeared in 35 games with Boston University as a freshman in 2016-17 and compiled a record of 21-11-3 (2.11 GAA, .927 SV%, 4 SO).

  • Made 56 saves to backstop the terriers to a 4-3 double-overtime victory over the University of North Dakota to open the 2017 Frozen Four tournament.

  • Named to the Hockey East all-rookie team in 2016-17.

  • Appeared in 37 games with the USA hockey under-18 team in 2015-16 posting a record of 25-8-1 (2.38 GAA, .908 SV%, 2 so).

  • Backstopped the United States to a bronze medal at the 2016 under-18 World Championship (4 GP) and a silver medal at the 2015 World under-17 Hockey Challenge.

  • Compares his style of play to Sharks goaltender martin Jones.

What the scouts say:

"There's a lot to like about his game. He's a big goalie who covers a lot of the net. His positional play is very good and he has a phenomenal butterfly with great rebound control." - NHL Central Scouting's Al Jensen


2. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen

  • #1 ranked European Goalie
  • Goalie / HPK Jr. (FIN Jr.)

  • Height: 6' 4"

  • Weight: 198 lbs


  • Led Finland's junior league with a 1.78 goals-against average in the regular season and 2.01 in the playoffs, backstopping HPK's junior club to a league championship.

  • Backstopped Finland to a silver medal at the 2017 under-18 World Championship.

  • Also represented his country at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka memorial and the 2016 under-18 world championship, where he was named to the tournament all-star team after helping Finland win the gold medal.

  • Models his style of play after fellow Finland native and Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne.

What the scouts say:

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


3. Keith Petruzzelli

  • #2 ranked North American Goalie

  • Goalie / Muskegon (USHL)

  • Height: 6' 5"

  • Weight: 174 lbs


  • Recorded 22 wins in 2016-17, ranking within the top-10 among United States Hockey League goaltenders and first among rookies (35 GP). 

  • After being selected in the ninth round (138th overall) of the 2015 USHL futures draft, Petruzzelli was named to the USHL all-rookie team after his strong 2016-17 season.

  • Earned goaltender of the year and most valuable player honors in 2015-16 en route to winning the U.S. Premier hockey league under-18 championship with Selects Hockey Academy.

  • Represented the United States at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka memorial.

  • Models his style of play after Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.

What the scouts say:

"His style resembles the way Penguins goaltender Matt Murray plays. He's good on his angles and is square to the shots. He's tough to beat low as he seals the ice and five-hole with his leg extensions. He has good rebound control with soft pads and absorbs the higher shots well into his body." - NHL Central Scouting's Al Jensen


4. Ian Scott

  • #3 ranked North American Goalie
  • Goalie / Prince Albert (WHL)

  • Height: 6' 3"

  • Weight: 169 lbs


  • Appeared in 50 games for Prince Albert in 2016-17 with a 12-31-3 record (3.69 GAA, .895 SV%, 2 so).

  • After being selected ninth overall in the 2014 WHL bantam draft, Scott went 13-9-2 in his rookie season with a 3.24 goals-against average, .892 SV% and one shutout.

  • Was named the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League's top goaltender in 2013-14 after leading the Calgary Northstar Sabres to an Alberta cup AAA tournament championship.

  • Represented Canada at the 2017 under-18 World Championship and captured a gold medal with Canada White at the 2016 world under-17 hockey challenge (2.78 GAA, .900 SV%).

  • Models his style of play after Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.

What the scouts say:

"Big net presence - excellent positional and angle play - sets square and plays to the top of the paint - traditional butterfly style - excellent leg extension protecting the low corners while sealing the ice and protecting the five hole - very calm and relaxed demeanor - uses his glove well - excellent in his post-to-post play - very efficient and quick lateral movements - smart at reading the cross-ice or backdoor plays - great rebound control - excellent NHL potential." - NHL Central Scouting


5. Michael DiPietro

  • #4 ranked North American Goalie
  • Goalie / Windsor (OHL)

  • Height: 6' 00"

  • Weight: 202 lbs


  • Backstopped the hometown Spitfires to a Memorial Cup championship in 2017 posting a 4-0-0 record with a 2.00 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. His flawless record saw him awarded the Hap Emms memorial trophy as outstanding goaltender and named to the Memorial Cup all-star team.

  • Posted three consecutive shutouts from Dec. 8-11 to establish the longest streak without allowing a goal in Spitfires franchise history (209:23).

  • Established a single-season franchise record in the OHL's modern era (since 1980-81) with six shutouts in 2016-17. 

  • After being drafted in the second round (23rd overall) by the Spitfires in the 2015 OHL priority selection, Dipietro went 16-8-2 in 2015-16 with a 2.45 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and two shutouts. He was named to the OHL all-rookie team and received the Dinty Moore trophy, awarded to the rookie goaltender with the lowest goals-against average in the league. 

  • Played for Canada Red at the 2015 world under-17 hockey challenge, leading the tournament with a 1.75 goals-against average.

  • Compares his style of play to Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

What the scouts say:

"He's very focused and quick to react. He has excellent leg strength for lateral ability and recovery skills, and is quick and efficient on post-to-post play. He reminds me of Jonathan quick because of his excellent flexibility. He consistently comes up with the outstanding save that can turn a game around or keep his team in the lead." - NHL Central Scouting's Al Jensen


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