After trading their second-round (50th overall) and third-round (80th overall) selections to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Pittsburgh Penguins received the 44th overall pick to select goaltender Tristan Jarry.
Jarry, 18, spent the last two seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Edmonton Oil Kings.
This past season his team went to the WHL Championship.
He had this to say following his selection:
“I though I’d go a little later to be honest. Â I did talk to the Penguins a couple times, once at the combine and a couple times on the phone before that. Â I didn’t see them trading up for me at all, I just knew they were lower down (in the draft order). Â So to have it happen the way it did was unbelievable.”
The 6’2″ Jarry finished the 2012-13 campaign with an overall record of 18-7-0 in 27 games during the regular-season.
He registered a 1.61 goals against average and had a .936 save percentage.
Jarry was the second Oil King to be selected in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft (forward Curtis Lazar was selected by the Ottawa Senators 17th overall).