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Although he was a backup goaltender with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL, Tristan Jarry piqued the Penguins' interest as a possible starting goaltender at the NHL level.
After completing a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets that allowed the Pens to move up six spots in the second round, they selected Jarry, who was the No. 3-ranked North American goaltender by NHL Central Scouting.
In 27 games, Jarry posted a record of 18-7 and had a league-best 1.61 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. His six shutouts were tied for second-most in the WHL.
In two seasons with the Oil Kings, Jarry has appeared in 41 career regular-season games, going 26-9-1 with a 2.03 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
Known for his strong positional play, Jarry relies more on technique than athleticism which could make him a good complement to Marc-Andre Fleury down the road.
Penguins assistant director of amateur scouting Randy Sexton told Penguins.NHL.com that the team sees Jarry as "a potential starting goalie." Sexton went on to say, "He’s got very good size. He moves well. He’s got the technical foundation and the size we think to be a starter."
Next season, Jarry will be the starting goaltender with the Oil Kings, so the Pens' scouts will be watching to see how he handles the increased workload.