The Pittsburgh Penguins made 18-year-old goaltender Tristan Jarry of the Edmonton Oil Kings (Western Hockey League) its top draft pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, selecting him with the 44th overall selection in the second round. Jarry was the No. 3-ranked North American goaltender by NHL Central Scouting.
Pittsburgh sent the second-round draft pick (50th overall) it had acquired earlier in the day from the San Jose Sharks along with a third-round selection (89th overall) to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for the pick used to take Jarry.
The 6-foot-1, 178-pound Jarry split netminding duties in Edmonton this season with Laurent Brossoit. Jarry finished with an 18-7 record in 27 games, posting league-high totals with a 1.61 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. His six shutouts were tied for second-most in the WHL.
Jarry, who hails from Surrey, British Columbia, was named Team Cherry ‘Player of the Game’ at the CHL Top Prospects Game earlier this season, stopping all 16 shots he faced.
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.
Jarry was rated as the No. 2 overall goaltender available by both Red Line Report and International Scouting Services. Red Line ranked Jarry as the 36th-best player available.
Pittsburgh made a total of six selections during the draft – one goaltender, two defensemen and three forwards. Each of the Penguins’ final five picks will all play NCAA college hockey in the fall.
In the third round the Penguins added to their forward depth by selecting center Jake Guentzel of the Sioux City Muskateers (United States Hockey League), who was rated 80th overall among North American skaters by Central Souting. Guentzel played in 60 regular-season games for Sioux City in 2012-13, tallying 29 goals, 44 assists and 73 points.
The Woodbury, Minnesota native finished the regular season riding a 21-game point streak – the longest such streak in the USHL’s history. Guentzel also won several awards this season including USHL Rookie of the Year, being named a Second-Team All-Star and earning a spot on the All-Rookie Team. He will be attending the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the fall, where he will be teammates with fellow Penguins prospect Josh Archibald.
Ryan Segalla, a 6-foot-2, 194-pound defenseman who played prep hockey at Salisbury High School in Connecticut this year, was drafted in the fourth round (119th overall). He totaled 18 points (10G-8A) in 28 games in ’12-13.
A Boston, Massachusetts native, Segalla will attend the University of Connecticut in the fall. Segalla was the first-ever full scholarship recruit to commit to UConn.
The Penguins went with a defenseman again with their first pick in the sixth round (164th overall), selecting Dane Birks from the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). That’s the same league that produced 2010 first-round draft pick Beau Bennett.
This season the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Birks totaled 20 points (5G-15A) in 52 games with the Centennials. The right-handed blueliner, who was ranked 121st overall among North American skaters by Central Scouting, will be attending Michigan Tech for the 2014-15 season.
Pittsburgh chose center Blaine Byron with its second sixth-round selection (179th overall). The 6-foot, 168 pound Byron split this season with the Kemptville 73s and Smiths Falls Bears of the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), totaling 52 points (12G-40A) in 51 games.
Byron, who was the 122nd rated North American player by Central Scouting, was a CCHL Third-Team All-Star and he won the CCHL’s Top Prospect Award this past year. He will be attending the University of Maine.
The Penguins concluded their draft class by choosing forward Troy Josephs of the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) in the seventh round (209th overall). A native of Whitby, Ontario, Josephs will be attending Clarkson University.
Josephs, a 6-foot, 181-pounder, helped St. Michael’s win the OJHL championship this season, contributing 20 points (7G-13A) in 24 postseason contests. During the regular season Josephs had 17 goals, 20 assists and 37 points in 42 games.