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.
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.
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.
Carey Price, Marty Turco
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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