On Wednesday morning, the Pittsburgh Penguins made a move to sure up their goaltending for the future by signing two of their netminding prospects to entry-level contracts.
Tristan Jarry, the Penguins’ second round (44th overall) pick in the 2013 draft, signed his three-year entry-level contract this morning. The eighteen year old Jarry spent last season with Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), posting a win/loss record of 18-7 in twenty-seven games with a 1.61 GAA and .936 save %. The Canadian goaltender also had the fourth-most shutouts in the WHL with six.
Along with Jarry, Matt Murray also signed a three-year entry-level contract today. Murray was Pittsburgh’s third round (83rd overall) pick in the 2012 draft (held in Pittsburgh *cough* *cough*), and has spent the past three seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In fifty-three games with the Greyhounds last season, Murray recorded a 3.67 GAA in addition to a .894 save %. The nineteen year old netminder also won twenty-six of those fifty-three games he appeared in.
Both Jarry and Murray are expected to spend another season in the junior hockey ranks, and their contracts will kick in when they turn pro. The two goaltenders will also be in London, Ontario, Canada this week as they participate in a rookie tournament, representing the Penguins of course.