Oettinger headlines goalie crop ahead of Draft

Austin Broad2017 Draft Center, NCAA, OHL, USHL, WHL

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The 2017 NHL Draft is fast approaching with the first round set to kick-off at United Center in Chicago on June 23. Future Considerations has spent the season in rinks spanning the globe in preparation for Future Considerations’ 2017 NHL Draft Guide.

And, according to Future Considerations, these are the top-ranked goaltenders the 2017 draft has to offer:

Jake Oettinger, G, Boston University (NCAA), 6-4, 210, 12-18-1998
Oettinger, 26th in Future Considerations’ Final ranking for the 2017 NHL Draft and the top-ranked goaltender, started 35 games for Boston University this season and posted a 21-11-3 record with a 2.11 goals against average and .927 save percentage. He backstopped BU into the NCAA tournament before falling to Minnesota-Duluth in the Regional Bracket. Oettinger was also named to the United States entry for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and that went on to win gold, serving in a third-string role.

Michael DiPietro, G, Windsor Spitfires (OHL), 6-0, 200, 06-09-1999
DiPietro, 28th in Future Considerations’ Final ranking and the second-ranked goaltender, was fantastic for the Windsor Spitfires this season. DiPietro posted a 30-12-6 record with a 2.35 goals against average and .917 save percentage for Windsor during the regular season. He finished in the top five in the Ontario Hockey League for every single major goalie statistic, and continued his success in backstopping Windsor to the Memorial Cup. DiPietro was named the winner of the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s most outstanding goaltender.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, G, HPK U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga), 6-4, 195, 03-09-1999
Luukkonen, 42nd in Future Considerations’ Final ranking and the third-ranked goalie, appeared in in 35 games and posted a stellar 1.78 goals against average and a .917 save percentage for HPK. He also appeared in nine playoff games and had a 2.01 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. Luukkonen also appeared in six games at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship for Finland, helping his country to silver.

Ian Scott, G, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL), 6-3, 170, 01-11-1999
Scott, 74th in Future Considerations’ Final ranking and fourth overall amongst goaltenders, appeared in 50 games for the Prince Albert Raiders. Scott posted a 12-31-3 record with a .895 save percentage and a 3.69 goals against average.

Keith Petruzzelli, G, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL), 6-5, 180, 02-09-1999
Petruzzelli, 78th in Future Considerations’ Final ranking and the fifth-ranked goalie, played very well in the United States Hockey League this season. In 35 games, he posted a 2.40 goals against average and a .918 save percentage along with a 22-10-1 record. Petruzzelli, who is committed to Quinnipiac next season, also appeared in two playoff games for the Miskegon Lumberjacks.