Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal

Overview:

Tristan Jarry may have been the backup goaltender for the Edmonton Oil Kings this year, however he didn’t play like one, that’s for sure. He returned to Edmonton for a second Western Hockey League season this year, seeing a bit more time compared to the previous season while Laurent Brossoit once again handled the majority of the goaltending. In 27 games for the Oil Kings, he took home a 18-7 record with a team-high six shutouts and had a 1.61 goals against and .936 save percentage. Jarry represented Canada at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, winning a gold medal but only playing in one game. He also played for Team Pacific at the 2012 World Under-17 Challenge, where he back-stopped his team to a fifth-place finish. Jarry was ranked third amongst North American goaltenders in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft, however he has the potential to become one of the top goaltenders coming out of this years crop if he can continue to play great in long stretches.

Pros:

Jarry is a hybrid, athletic type goaltender that’s typically dominant in today’s NHL. Jarry is a big goalie who relies on his size and takes up a big portion of the net. He does a good job of staying square to shooters and does a great job catching pucks through traffic. Ever since exploding onto the WHL scene, he has worked hard to improve his stick handling, using Marty Turco and Carey Price as examples for improvement. Jarry is not a flashy netminder, as he is known to be technically sound and efficient, not using too much movement to get himself out of place. Unlike many NHL goaltenders these days, he doesn’t tend to drop into the butterfly as quickly as possible, as he usually tends to watch the play develop a little more before taking away the shot at the last minute. It may sound risky, but his ability to read plays is one of the biggest upsides for the Oil Kings tendy.

Cons:

It’s not clear whether or not he can withstand the grind of being an everyday starter over the long-term as he has been sitting behind Brossoit for the most part, however its likely he will get a lot more chances to prove himself when Brossoit turns pro next season. Jarry needs more experience and needs to hold down a starting job, so next season will be Jarry’s first real chance to prove that he can be a very talented goaltender in the future. 

Projected draft round:

Jarry could easily be the top goaltender in this draft. However, the extra workload seen by the other top goaltenders in the draft could allow for Jarry to slip down into the third round.

Comparison:

Carey Price, Marty Turco

NHL Projection:

Jarry has proved during his limited amount of WHL experience that he has the ability to win games when needed. Some believe he has the potential to be better than a backup goaltender, and should be competing for an NHL starting role in the next four to five seasons.

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About The Author

Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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