Penguins Select Jarry with 44th Pick
Edmonton Oil Kings goalie first pick of 2013 Draft for Pittsburgh
With the 44th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins selected goaltender Tristan Jarry from the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League.
After heading into the day without a selection until the third round, a trade earlier in the day would bring Pittsburgh the 50th pick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Tyler Kennedy. The Penguins then sent that pick along with the 89th selection to Columbus in order to move up to the 44th spot and select the 18-year old netminder.
Originally from Delta, British Columbia, Jarry spent the last two seasons with the Oil Kings. This past year, he went 18-7-0 in 27 games for Edmonton while mainly playing behind fellow goaltender and teammate Laurent Brossoit. Still, Jarry was able to flash his skills as his six shutouts were tied for second most in the WHL, while also posting a 1.61 goals against average and a .936 save percentage.
Ranked third among North American goaltenders by Central Scouting, Jarry knew Pittsburgh had interest, but surprised to see the Penguins move up to select him.
"I didn't see that all," said Jarry. "I saw [the Penguins] were lower down and I was just hoping for the best and hoping for the best team. I think I got of one of the best teams and organizations."
This summer, Jarry looks to work on his size and strength and honing his key habits. He describes his goaltending style as hybrid and views his stickhandling and ability to get the puck as one of the strong points of his game.
Through two seasons in Edmonton, Jarry has recorded a 26-9-1 record with six shutouts, a 2.04 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. He will return to the Oil Kings for the 2013-14 season, but is excited to be part of the future for the Penguins.
"It's a great opportunity. It's a great team. They go to playoffs every year. I'm very happy and thankful."
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