Weight: 186 pounds
Date of birth: March 8, 1999
Hometown: Coral Springs, Florida
OHL Draft: Round 4, 74th overall, 2015 Priority Selection (Flint Firebirds)
Oshawa Generals’ goaltender and native of Coral Springs, Florida, Kyle Keyser, played Tier 1 hockey during the 2014-2015 season for the Victory Honda Under-16 of the Elite Hockey League. There he posted a 2.27 goals against average and .916 save percentage in 19 games. Even more impressively, he posted a 1.38 goals against average and .942 save percentage in the playoffs.
The Flint Firebirds would select Keyser with the 74th overall pick at the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.
During his rookie season, Keyser would post a 4-10-0 record in 19 appearances with a 4.37 goals against average and .880 save percentage.
As this season approached, an unexpected trade request by Keyser caught the Firebirds off guard. General Manager George Burnett granted Keyser his wish and he was dealt to the Oshawa Generals for a second-round pick.
For Generals’ General Manager Roger Hunt however, he could say he finally got his goalkeeper. Hunt had not made it a secret that the Generals were eyeing Keyser at the draft, but the Firebirds pounced on him before Hunt could call his name.
The acquisition was both a move for the now, and for the future. Keyser would back up incumbent number one goaltender Jeremy Brodeur for this season with an eye as the unquestioned starter for the 2017-2018 season.
Keyser would finish the season with a 7-9-2 record in 26 appearances while posting a 3.40 goals against average and .891 save percentage.
Keyser has good size for a goaltender. He is in control of his movements in his crease and his demeanor comes across as very calm although there are a few times he can over commit. He has quick movement from post to post and gets to the top of the paint in the blink of an eye. He has very good reflexes that allow him to react to second chance opportunities quickly. His athleticism is top notch. His rebound control improved at a steady pace as the season progressed as did his puck handling skills.
Off the ice, and this is a testament to his commitment and work ethic, Keyser received the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award as the top academic high school student. Keyser achieved a 95% average in high school during his rookie season.
Keyser was ranked 10th among North American goaltenders on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings. He ended up 11th on their final rankings.
This is the stat page of Kyle Keyser at Elite Prospects