Former Wings prospect Keith Petruzzelli signs with AHL’s Toronto Marlies

Per the New Haven Register’s Michael Fornabaio, former Red Wings prospect Keith Petruzzelli has signed a pro contract with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, the farm team of the Toronto Maple Leafs:

Former Quinnipiac men’s hockey goaltender Keith Petruzzelli has signed a two-year American Hockey League contract, the Toronto Marlies announced Sunday.

Petruzzelli, 22, was the ECAC Goaltender of the Year as a senior in 2020-21, ranking seventh in Division I hockey with a 1.89 goals-against average. He was a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. He started the last 63 games of his Quinnipiac career.

The Wilbraham, Mass., native was a 2017 third-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings. Those NHL rights expired on Aug. 15.

Update: Here’s a bit of a scouting report from Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff:

The scouting report on Petruzzelli is that he’s a little too robotic in his movements between the posts but the biggest knock against his pro credentials is the inconsistency that’s persisted in his game thus far through his development years.

While sighting the move by the Marlies as a good gamble, an NHL scout emphasized the latter of the two words when it came to investing in Petruzzelli futures.

“When he is good, he can be really good but when it goes south, it really can be ugly,” the scout said of Petruzzelli’s game. “When he was younger, I thought he would grow out of it with maturity but it still seems to be an issue.”

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