Keller is a pure goal-scorer, plain and simple. He has a shooterâ€™s mentality and according to Kelowna coaches, has an NHL snap and slapshot to support it. He is a clutch performer, hard worker, and a good leader on and off the ice. Though not overly fast, the gritty winger is smart with and without the puck and has a great understanding for the offensive side of the game, but competes defensively.
Keller will always be knocked for his small stature, though he hasn't missed a game in the rugged WHL in three seasons. Even if he wasn't as durable as he has proven to be, with the â€œnewâ€ NHL and the successes of players like Daniel Briere, Martin St. Louis, and Brian Gionta, a door has been opened wide for the smaller players like Keller to walk (or skate) through. Keller must work to improve his foot speed and continue to show his admirable work ethic, especially in high traffic areas. Though Keller has proven doubters wrong at the major junior level, battling through defensemen in the pros will be yet another challenge to overcome.
Keller projects as a scoring line sniper, if he makes it to the NHL, who will earn significant power play time. He is the type of leader who could one day wear a letter on his sweater in Tampa and be a fan favorite because of his character. That all hinges on whether Keller can prove he can score even despite the heightened physical play of the pro game. At the end of the day, Keller will have to show his intelligence and work ethic can overcome the fact that he simply does not have NHL caliber athleticism.