Tristan Jarry

by Mark Allan on December 3, 2017


Tristan Jarry, G

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 185

Born: 1995-04-29

Hometown: Delta, BC, Canada

Drafted: Drafted 44th overall in 2013, by Pittsburgh








December 2017 – Jarry could not have begun his first real big-league trial by fire any better than stopping 34 shots and shutting out the Sabres 4-0. Jarry will be busy for a while longer while No. 1 Matt Murray will be out an anticipated two to four weeks with an injury to his right leg suffered in a 5-4 overtime comeback win Nov. 27 over Philadelphia. Jarry, who earned that victory in relief, used the subsequent shutout to improve his NHL record 3-0-2 this season while improving his GAA to 2.21 and save percentage to .929. While his shutout was admittedly against the lowest-scoring team in the league, Jarry should nonetheless be an adequate starter in Murray’s absence and a reliable backup once he returns. Mark Allan


October 2017 – While 2013 second-round pick Jarry has more upside, Pittsburgh recalled undrafted NHL neophyte Casey DeSmith from the AHL after waiving porous backup Antti Niemi, who was surprisingly claimed by Florida. DeSmith 26, has posted excellent AHL stats with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, including a 3-0 record to start the season with a 0.98 GAA, .965 save percentage and one shutout. An all-star in his second AHL season, the 22-year-old Jarry has stumbled out of the gate this time with peripherals of 3.96 and .883. While DeSmith barely plays behind Matt Murray, Jarry will benefit from being the undisputed WBS starter. Mark Allan

September 2017 – Pittsburgh’s backup goalie in waiting was one of 21 players assigned en masse to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. After a disappointing AHL rookie campaign there and an impressive bounceback, the former Memorial Cup champ will have to keep improving and be ready for a callup if someone gets injured or if Antti Niemi is unworthy as Matt Murray’s backup. Mark Allan 


June 2017 – Like a good goalie shrugging off a bad goal and refocusing, Jarry roared back from a disappointing first pro season in which he lost the No. 1 job with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. After posting a 2.69 GAA and .905 save percentage, which led to an unacceptable 17-13-3 record for a powerful AHL squad, the former Memorial Cup champ with Edmonton improved to 28-15-2, supported by peripheral stats of 2.15 and .925. Jarry, who exudes confidence that rubs off on his teammates, had his NHL baptism, albeit a 3-2 loss to the Rangers. He gained invaluable Stanley Cup experience, admittedly as a spectator, when the 2013 second-round draft pick backed up Marc-Andre Fleury while Matt Murray was injured. That explains why the WBS Penguins, with Casey DeSmith in net, experienced a humbling first-round Calder Cup elimination. The 22-year-old Jarry has one more season on his ELC, and might spend it in the AHL as the clear WBS starter. If Pittsburgh, as expected, loses Fleury or Murray, the Pens could sign a short-term veteran backup or conceivably use Jarry as their No. 2. Mark Allan

April 2017 – Jarry’s first NHL game, a 3-2 loss to the Rangers on the final day of the regular season, was successful in spite of the defeat. The AHL all-star was at his best in the third period, gloving a dangerous Ryan McDonagh shot and denying Taylor Beck on a breakaway. The best of the 21-year-old’s 22 saves came when he acrobatically reached back with his paddle to stop a Tanner Glass shot at the goal line 10 minutes into the game, then whirled around and snatched the puck with his glove. AHL sophomore Jarry took a giant step this season toward NHL employment and would surprise nobody if he became Matt Murray’s backup next season. Mark Allan

January 2017 – Jarry was named an AHL all-star on the basis of a 19-7-1 record, 2.21 GAA, .921 save percentage and one shutout. The fiercely competitive Jarry is taking a big step forward after a mediocre pro debut with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton resulted in a 2.69 GAA. He's showing signs he could be ready to be Pittsburgh's backup whenever one of the Penguins' Stanley Cup champion netrminders is dealt. Mark Allan

November 2016 – It's early, but Jarry is off to a great start for the stingy Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the only team to have allowed fewer than 10 goals so far in the 30-team AHL. In five games, Jarry has a 3-1 record with a 1.39 GAA and a .944 save percentage. He's the next netminder in Pittsburgh's pipeline and his logical next step is to be the parent team's backup when either Marc-Andre Fleury or Matt Murray are dealt. Mark Allan

October 2016 – The waiver claim acquisition of goalie Mike Condon, 26, from Montreal means Jarry has been assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. While this might seem to be bad news for Jarry, it's not. He might not have got one NHL start in place of Marc-Andre Fleury while Matt Murray is out with an injury. Jarry needs to play at this stage of his development, and he's the No. 1 netminder for WBS. Mark Allan

September 2016 – With Matt Murray already out with a broken hand, Jarry almost rocketed to the top of Pittsburgh's goalie depth chart when Marc-Andre Fleury was nicked on the neck by an opponent's skate early in the Penguins' first pre-season game. Undaunted, he played for two periods and got stitches. In Pittsburgh's second pre-season matchup, Jarry stopped 30 shots in a 2-0 victory over the Blackhawks. The 21-year-old kept the Pens in the game in the opening 10 minutes when they were outshot 8-0 and had to kill a penalty. Jarry is the obvious candidate to back up Fleury until Murray is fit to play again. Mark Allan

June 2016 – If Jarry thought championship hockey was easy after being on the 2013-14 Memorial Cup-winning Edmonton Oil Kings, the two subsequent seasons have convinced him otherwise. Playing for a much-weaker team after several stars graduated, Jarry saw his GAA balloon with Edmonton the following season, from 2.24 to 2.74. A GAA of 2.69 In his pro debut with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton contrasted sharply with Matt Murray's spectacular AHL rookie season with WBS the season before. Yet Pittsburgh, which drafted Jarry in the second round, still hopes he will follow Murray's path to success. Jarry's confidence is infectious, and he hates to lose. He has two more seasons on his entry-level deal to figure things out in the AHL. Mark Allan 

March 2016 – Jarry has struggled as the No. 1 netminder for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Matt Murray, blueliner Derrick Pouliot and several of the AHL team's best forwards were promoted by Pittsburgh. As an AHL rookie, Jarry has a 12-9 record with mediocre peripherals of a 2.45 GAA (tied for 11th in the AHL) and a .917 save percentage (tied for 10th). Ranked as Pittsburgh's fourth-best prospect by the 2016 Future Watch (up from sixth), the baby-faced Jarry is only 20 and remains promising. Future Watch credits him with being big, athletic and smooth but notes sometimes-inferior intensity and focus. Mark Allan

January 2016 – Reverting to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton backup with the AHL return of Matt Murray, Jarry is nonetheless developing nicely in his debut pro season. Beginning a season 8-1 with a 1.50 GAA and .940 save percentage is not shabby in any league. Although Pittsburgh's blueline is spotty at best, the Penguins appear to be set for years ahead in goal with Murray, 21, and Jarry, 19, percolating in the minors. Pittsburgh backup Jeff Zatkoff, 28, is in danger of being passed by both youngsters on the organization's depth chart. Mark Allan

November 2015 – Getting half as many AHL starts for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as older teammate and off-ice friend Matt Murray, Jarry is making the most of his opportunities in his rookie pro campaign with a 5-0 record. That's no surprise considering he has allowed just nine goals with a 1.93 GAA and .928 save percentage for the powerful AHL Penguins. Their two talented young netminders have backstopped them to an eye-popping 15-2 record, best in the league. Mark Allan 

September 2015 – Stopping all seven shots he faced in relief of Jeff Zatkoff, Jarry earned the win Sept. 21 as Pittsburgh downed Columbus 1-0 in a shootout in the Penguins' first pre-season game. Jarry, Zatkoff and Matt Murray are in a three-man competition for the right to back up Marc-Andre Fleury. The odds are against Jarry because he's the youngest and has just graduated from junior. Mark Allan

August 2015 – After helping his team to the 2014 Memorial Cup, Jarry finished his junior run on a down note with a markedly weaker Edmonton Oil Kings squad. A GAA of 2.74 was a full 50 points lower than his Cup-winning season, and his numbers in five playoff games last season were not even mediocre. He's expected to start the coming campaign in the AHL. Mark Allan

December 2014 – Anything would likely be a letdown after helping the Edmonton Oil Kings to a Memorial Cup title, but Pittsburgh’s top netminding prospect continues to post mediocre stats at best. A 2.80 goals-against average and .906 save percentage, both well off of last season’s numbers, has him with a ho-hum 11-12-4 record. The Oil Kings were languishing in fourth place in the WHL’s Central Division. Mark Allan

December 2014 – Pittsburgh’s top netminding prospect had a mediocre 10-8-4 record in his fourth season with the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings. That pales compared to last season, when he led Edmonton to a Memorial Cup title (including a scintillating 44-14-3 regular-season record). His goals-against average has risen to 2.42 from 2.24 last season, although this season’s save percentage of .920 is better than his .914 from the championship campaign. That indicates the team in front of him, which lost such junior stars as defenseman Griffin Reinhart to the pros, is not as strong. Mark Allan

November 2014 – Pittsburgh’s No. 1 netminding prospect could not prevent the Russians from sweeping two games from the WHL in the Subway Super Series. After sitting out a 3-2 shootout loss Nov. 10 in Saskatoon, Sask., Jarry surrendered a goal in each period of a 3-2 loss Nov. 11 in Brandon, Man. He faced only 18 shots on goal. Mark Allan

November 2014 – With only an 8-7-2 record backstopping the Edmonton Oil Kings to start the WHL season, the even-keeled netminder nonetheless had strong peripherals. His goals-against average softened slightly to 2.15 while his save percentage held steady at .922. Jarry is participating in the Subway Super Series for Team WHL and will get a chance to make the Canadian World Junior team. Mark Allan

October 2014 – After a slow start with the Edmonton Oil Kings (disappointed about being returned for a fourth WHL season possibly), Jarry is playing more like Pittsburgh’s No. 1 netminding prospect. With a record of 7-3, he has improved to a 2.05 GAA and .925 save percentage. Tristan Jarry was named to the WHL roster for the Subway Super Series.  Mark Allan

October 2014 - Returned for a fourth season with the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, the Penguins’ No. 1 netminding prospect is off to a slow start with a 2-3 junior record. His 3.03 GAA and .902 save percentage are well off last season’s breakthrough. Mark Allan

May, 2014 - Some people questioned whether Tristan Jarry could come in and replace graduating Oil Kings goaltender Lauren Brossoit. That question has been answered. Tristan Jarry backstopped the Oil Kings, as they won the CHL Memorial Cup. He won 44 games in the regular season, and finished with a sparkling 2.24 GAA. Seth Brisendine

October 2013 - The Oil Kings will rely heavily on Jarry between the pipes this season and it will only aid his development. So far in WHL season games, Jarry has struggled with a 4.10 GAA and .856 SV%. Seth Brisendine

July 2013 – Tristan Jarry is a big, hybrid style goaltender who plays for the Edmonton Oil Kings. Jarry had an outstanding season as the backup for Lauren Brossoit (CAL); he led the league in both goals against average and save percentage with 1.67 and .936 respectively. He is a very technically sound goalie, and has good athletic ability.


Fantasy Outlook: B

Jarry's stock soared when a strong second AHL campaign followed a poor first one. He exudes an infectious confidence and appears to have a bright future in spite of being "only" 6-2. He's close to being NHL-ready.



Tristan Jarry makes 35 saves for his first pro win:


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