In this weeks’ Meet The Pups, we get to know 2017 12th round selection, goalie Ben Kraws from Kenmore, NY!
Name: Ben Kraws
Age: 16 years old
Minor Midget Team: Buffalo Jr. Sabres
What number do you wear? Why? I wear the number 33 because one of my favorite goalies to watch is Patrick Roy.
Favourite Hockey Team: My favorite hockey team is the New Jersey Devils.
Favourite Movie: My favorite movie is Miracle on Ice.
Favourite Pre-game Meal: My favorite pre-game meal is chicken parmesan and pasta.
Who was your favourite goaltender growing up? Why? My favorite goalie growing up was Martin Brodeur. I loved the way he would compete for every shot both in practices and in games.
Which NHL goaltender do you believe your game most similarly resembles? My game is most similar to Carey Price. I believe this because he is technically sound, doesn’t waste energy on unnecessary movement, and plays the puck well.
Who’s the best shooter you’ve played against? The best shooter I have played against is Arthur Kaliyev.
Who’s the best goaltender you’ve played against? The best goaltender I have played against is Drew DeRidder.
What separates you from other goaltenders? My skating, ability to play the puck intelligently, patience on breakaways, and the ability to step up my compete level in big games making the big saves when my team needs it most.
Any big plans for the summer, once school’s finished?
This summer i look forward to spending time with my best friend who is my brother before he goes away for college. I also am looking forward to the national development team festival and training with my favorite goalie coaches as I prepare for next season.