Aggressive netminder with quick feet and good reflexes. Needs to work on his awareness and technique, but has enough interesting physical tools to potentially become a fringe starter.
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June 2023 – Ratzlaff was selected 141st overall by the Sabres. Pat Quinn
June 2023 – Despite sharing the net with top WHL goaltender Thomas Milic, Ratzlaff has made a name for himself this season. In 34 games with the powerhouse Seattle Thunderbirds, Ratzlaff posted a .918 save percentage and 2.15 goals-against average.
The main thing that stands out with Ratzlaff is how aggressive he is off the rush. He goes out to way above his blue paint to challenge shooters, keeping an eye on potential passing threats and relying on his quick feet to stay square to the shooter or fly to the side when a pass does make its way through. He has strong reflexes, but does tend to get beat quite often below his hands. He doesn’t plug his holes as efficiently as other netminders due to subpar technique and form. Working on that could bring out the best in Ratzlaff and make him a fringe starter in his mid-twenties. Hadi Kalakeche
|2018-2019||Red Wings Hockey Club U15 Prep||HSL U15||13||3.12||.900|||||Playoffs||1||4.07||.890|
|2019-2020||Lloydminster Bobcats U15 AAA||AEHL U15||17||2.41||.899|||||Playoffs||8||5.33||.805|
|Lloydminster Bobcats U15 AAA||John Reid Bantam||3||2.92||.890||||
|2020-2021||Northern Alberta Xtreme U16 Prep||CSSHL U16||1||0.00||1.000||||
|2022-2023||Canada U18||Hlinka Gretzky Cup||4||0.50||.976||||