The Athletic’s Joshua Kloke penned an article regarding the Toronto Maple Leafs team ahead of a team-held development camp preceding their entry in the Red Wings’ prospect tournament, and Kloke included this…comment…From Red Wings draft pick Keith Petruzzelli, who chose to sign with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies after waiting until his Red Wings rights expired:
Petruzzelli was named NCAA (ECAC) Goaltender of the Year after posting a .926 save percentage through 29 games for Quinnipiac University last season. [Erik] Källgren won the Swedish Hockey League championship with the Vaxjo Lakers last season, posting a .937 save percentage through 10 playoff games.
Petruzzelli was a 2017 Red Wings draft pick but opted not to sign in Detroit.
“It was about getting a fresh start, feeling wanted and feeling appreciated,” Petruzzelli told The Athletic in August. “The Marlies, through speaking with (Marlies GM Ryan Hardy), was a great opportunity for myself to really get some work in, a couple years of experience of pro hockey under my belt and see where things go.”
Continued; every indication over the past couple of seasons was that the Wings considered Petruzzelli one of their “goalies of the future,” so this just reiterates the point that it’s not the Wings who passed on signing Petruzzelli–it was the other way around.
It was his call…