The Pittsburgh Penguins selected goaltender Tristan Jarry in the second round with the 44th overall selection. Pittsburgh moved up six spots in round 2, trading the 50th, 89th overall selections to the Columbus Blue Jackets for the 44th pick.
Jarry, 18, went 18-7-0 with a 1.61 GAA and .936 save percentage in 27 games for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL. Jarry had 6 shutouts this season, tied for 2nd in the WHL. He is listed at 6-foot-2, 181-pounds.
Most scouts regard him as the No. 2 or No. 3 best goaltender in the draft class.
Draft Rankings on Jarry: TSN 40 | NHL CS: No. 3 NAG | ISS: No. 2 G | McKeen’s: No. 65 |
Former NHL GM and now TSN Scout Craig Button had this to say about Jarry in TSN’s final draft rankings: “Tristan is a very steady and positionally-strong goalie. He moves well but he maintains a posture and stance in the net that doesn’t open up holes to the shooter. Very smart and reads the play well. Good mobility getting across and out of his net.”
With Marc Andre Fleury’s long-term future up in the air beyond the final two years of the contract, Jarry is obviously going to be pegged as the Penguins goaltender of the future.
The Penguins last year selected goaltender Matthew Murray in the third round and Sean Maguire in the fourth round. The goaltending position is suddenly becoming an area of strength in the Penguins system.
For the Penguins, you hope one of Jarry, Murray or Maguire can develop into a No. 1.