Penguins' 1st pick in draft thinks big
By Rob Rossi
Published: Sunday, June 30, 2013, 10:18 p.m.
NEWARK, N.J. — Marc-Andre Fleury has some competition.
At least, that is the plan by Tristan Jarry, a goalie selected by the Penguins in Round 2 of the NHL Entry Draft at Prudential Center on Sunday.
“I want to push for a job, just like he's pushing for his own job,” Jarry said. “I think that's great, the healthy competition with one another. It's just whatever you've got to do to get the job you've got to do.”
A self-described, hybrid-style goalie whose strength is handling the puck, Jarry clearly impressed Penguins scouts.
Originally, the Penguins were not to pick until Round 3 because of in-season trades for wingers Jarome Iginla and defenseman Douglas Murray, but general manager Ray Shero acquired the 50th overall selection from San Jose in exchange for right winger Tyler Kennedy.
A third-line staple for the Penguins since 2007, Kennedy was a restricted free agent and due a qualifying offer that would have kept his salary at $2 million.
Considering he began the Stanley Cup playoffs as a healthy scratch, Kennedy was worth moving for the second-round pick Shero said he coveted.
“He's done a great job here for us, helped us win a Stanley Cup,” Shero said. “Where he's at in his career, he probably needed a change — and we didn't have a first or second pick.
“We did that for both us and for Tyler.”
Shero sent the 50th and 89th picks to Columbus for the 44th selection, which the Penguins used on Jarry.
“I thought I'd go a little later, to be honest,” Jarry said of his selection.
Jarry, 18, figures to grow somewhat into his 6-foot-2, 181-pound frame. He went 26-9-1 with a 2.03 goals-against average and .921 save percentage over the past three seasons with Edmonton of the Western Hockey League.
He is no threat to supplant Fleury as the franchise goalie next season. However, management wants Fleury to make changes — specifically, his mental preparation — and put together a solid Stanley Cup playoff for the first time since the Penguins won the Cup in 2009. If not, Fleury is no lock to return for the final year of his contract in 2015-16.
Backup goalie Tomas Vokoun is signed only for next season.
The Penguins selected a center, Jake Guentzel, with the 77th overall pick. Their other picks: defenseman Ryan Segalla (119th); defenseman Dane Birks (164th); center Blaine Byron (179th); and winger Troy Josephs (209th).
Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins notebook: Popularity with female fans brings test event to Consol
- Power play, penalty kill help put Penguins on another 100-point pace
- Rossi: Penguins’ Orpik among select NHLers going without gluten
- Penguins center Sutter is thriving despite unsettled 3rd line
- Penguins notebook: Ex-Flyers coach welcomed inside Penguins’ dressing room Thursday
- Penguins notebook: Slow-starting Letang frustrated
- Penguins notebook: Dumoulin gets his chance
- Penguins’ Neal apologizes, vows to be better