A note about Keith Petruzzelli from Duff

I sort of assumed this was common knowledge by now, but, in case you missed it, former Red Wings prospect Keith Petruzzelli has chosen to play an extra season for the ECAC’s Quinnipiac Bobcats, foregoing his eligibility to sign a contract with Detroit.

As such, Petruzzelli will be a free agent on August 15th, and he attended the Boston Bruins’ prospect development camp last week.

Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff took note of Petruzzelli’s decision to skate with the B’s:

Last season, Petruzzelli enjoyed a banner campaign as a senior. He was named a Top 10 Finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year. Petruzzelli was also named to the ECAC Hockey First Team ad was a Finalist for the Mike Richter Award and for ECAC Hockey Player of the Year. He was also a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award. Petruzzelli led the nation in starts (29) and minutes played (1715:45).

Instead of signing him to an entry level pact, the Wings opted to walk way from Petruzzelli’s NHL rights. He became a free agent. None of the other 31 NHL teams are seeking to get his name on a contract. That fact would appear to show that Detroit wasn’t the only team having their doubts about Petruzzelli’s abilities.

Continued; it’s my understanding that the 6’5″ goaltender chose not to sign with the Red Wings, not the other way around.

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7 thoughts on “A note about Keith Petruzzelli from Duff”

  1. George I too have been hearing that he wanted to play for his hometown team. This nobody wants him line is new to me. Can’t blame a kid for wanting that I guess but it wastes a pick for the team that chooses him.

    Seems like some fans take it personal when a player doesn’t want to be a fan of the fan’s team. The fact that players grow up as fans of their own hometown team doesn’t count lol.

  2. He seemed to be getting better (just stats). Obviously when no one wants you it is not a great sign.

    Looks skinny tall, maybe a very late bloomer.

    Honestly, the sooner he changes what he is going to do, the better for him.

    Using a different email, mail provider, takeover, now SUCKS

  3. It is my understanding that if a player goes back for a 5th year to college, that the drafting team still has the rights to him. I asked this in “The Athletic” and that was the response. Does he have potential? I would think so still. Regardless of what the situation is, it isn’t happening this year or maybe never with the Wings.

    1. Things get complicated here, because my understanding is that *the player* has no intentions of signing with Detroit. I am aware of the 5th year rights retention as a concept, but, again, my understanding is that, regardless of what happens on August 15th of this year, Petruzzelli doesn’t want to sign with Detroit.

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