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Insider Only Prospect Rankings: Tristan Jarry, Matt Murray give the Penguins a pair of exciting goaltending prospects

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PROSPECTS
JULY 2014 RANKINGS – GOALTENDERS
By Dave Fryer, Contributor to InsidePittsburghSports.com
Leading up to the Penguins Player Development Camp, Inside Pittsburgh Sports offers a review of the team’s current prospects. Players are ranked by potential, and how they performed from last summer’s Development Camp through the end of the 2013-14 season.
Below are the Inside Pittsburgh Sports current rankings of the goaltenders in the Penguins’ system. The depth of this group, all of whom were acquired in the past 2 years, allowed the team to draft only skaters in last weekend’s draft and only acquire one goaltending free agent this week, which is primarily intended to create competition at the NHL level for this season.

#1 – Tristan Jarry (age: 19)
2013-14 Recap
Was lights-out in his first season as a starter in the WHL, posting exceptional numbers in the regular season (44-14-3/2.24/.914) and getting even better in the post-season (16-4-1/2.19/.925). Topped Derrick Pouliot’s squad in the WHL final then led his Edmonton team to the Memorial Cup Championship. Significantly improved his rebound control, which was previously a weakness.
2014-15 Outlook
Still has another year of junior eligibility and will return to Edmonton with a chance to be extremely dominant in the WHL. Continued focus will be on solidifying his raw talents, finding efficiency in his athleticism, and adding some strength to his tall, slender frame. Sky is the limit for a player who could certainly be the starter in Pittsburgh in a couple more seasons.
DePaoli’s Scouting Report
Penguins officials see Jarry as being a legitimate No. 1 goaltender down the road. How long will that be? With goaltenders it takes time but it wouldn’t surprise some if he was pushing for playing time at the NHL level by 2016-2017 season. A very smart goaltender who reads the play well. Regarded as a strong positional goaltender. One scout on Jarry: “Has the mental fortitude for the position.”

#2 – Matt Murray (age: 20)
2013-14 Recap
Had a phenomenal year in the OHL (32-11-6/2.57/.921), backed with solid post-season numbers (4-3-2/2.63/.915). Raised his performance on loose pucks around the net and improved his overall consistency, which were his two biggest weaknesses. A tryout contract with WBS yielded an April start, where he allowed just 2 goals on 25 shots. Played 1 period of playoff hockey in the AHL, allowing 0 goals on 8 shots.
2014-15 Outlook

Ready to emerge as a legitimate NHL prospect after being somewhat overlooked previously due to a few weaknesses and the attention on Tristan Jarry. Improvements on his weaknesses will get a better test this summer, where proof of his improved performance could open up plenty of opportunities. Now among the more exciting prospects in the system.
DePaoli’s Scouting Report
An exciting prospect prospect with NHL potential. Excellent size at 6-4, 170. A sound technical goaltender with very good rebound control. If he makes some noise this coming season in Wilkes Barre, could be on the fast track to the NHL and getting there before Jarry.

#3 – Eric Hartzell (age: 25)
2013-14 Recap
Strong out of the gates but fell off significantly at the end. Started in Wheeling and earned a November promotion to Wilkes-Barre, where he posted a shutout in his 2nd AHL start. Terrific January in WBS (5-2/1.33/.944), but a forgetful February (1-3/4.45/.838). Dropped to a 3rd string role when Peter Mannino was brought in to WBS, then was shuffled back to Wheeling for a stint. Saw no post-season action.
2014-15 Outlook
Looked like a gem of a prospect for much of his first pro season so hope is that he can regain that form for the entire season the second time around. Has the work ethic and competitive nature to become more consistent. Performance in the pre-season will determine if he returns to WBS (and stays on the prospect radar) or starts in Wheeling again.
DePaoli’s Scouting Report
When signed in 2013, Penguins felt Hartzell had potential to develop into a No. 2 goaltender within a couple years. What the Penguins like about him is he’s very big, athletic and competitive. He’s a coachable player and they feel with his size and athleticism, the upside is there. However, he’s already 25 years old and about to reach that age where you start to really find out where a goalies ceiling is like the Penguins found out in the past with the likes of John Curry and Brad Theissen. Big year coming up for Hartzell.

#4 – Sean Maguire (age: 21)
2013-14 Recap
Drop in performance over his freshman season at Boston University, due in part to a weaker team in front of him. Largest drop was going from 13 wins to just 3 wins, but save percentage only fell from. 926 to .919 and GAA only increased slightly (2.54 to 2.90). Started 14 games, which was 2nd on the team (21 starts to another sophomore).
2014-15 Outlook
Did little to increase his stock and may be limited in chances to do so again with a 60/40 split of starts at BU. Will need to work through those challenges to earn his opportunities in the Penguins system down the road.
DePaoli’s Scouting Report
Hybrid goaltender with good lateral movement. The upside. though, is not there with him like it is with others in the system.

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