(Pens fans in the know, know who this is. If not, Google the coaching staff for Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Or former Carolina Hurricanes assistant coaches.)
When it comes to goaltending, the Pittsburgh Penguins have historically been ho-hum. That's not saying talented players haven't appeared between the pipes, but the majority have, honestly now, not been that good. In franchise history only four goalies who have started one hundred games own a winning record (Gregory Millen, Ken Wregget, Tommy Barrasso, and Marc-Andre Fleury). Not great considering the team's been around since 1967. The two greatest Pens goalies are no doubt Barrasso and Fleury. From 1988-2000, Barrasso started 460 games, going 226-161 with 53 ties and posted a 3.27 goals against average. Fleury has strikingly similar numbers. Since his debut in 2003, Flower has started 467 games, winning 249 of them with a 2.66 GAA. They both have won Stanley Cups and, again, are easily the best the Steel City has seen in net.
Even with his recent struggles, the organization has not rid themselves of Marc-Andre Fleury (by trade or buyout). Good cops say that's because they have faith in him. Bad cops point out that the guys in the system aren't ready to replace him yet. The 2013-2014 season (and more importantly post-season . . . if there is one . . . there will probably be one) will determine the future of the Penguins goaltender situation. If Fleury does well, he'll have a better bargaining position when contract talks start. If he doesn't, then the team has decisions to make.
Tristan Jarry – The 19-year-old Canadian is the backup for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League, but sees some significant playing time. In 2011-2012, he appeared fourteen games (8-2-1 with a 2.93 GAA and a .894 save percentage). The next year, he saw more games (27) and had impressive stats (18-7 with six shutouts and a 1.61 GAA). He has a good glove and stick, but his mindset is considered is best asset. Bad goals don't get to him and that's a big plus for a 19-year-old. He's looking to start 40 games next year for the Oil Kings.
Matt Murray - Another 19-year-old Canadian, Murray is the near perfect size for a goalie. At 6'4" and a 166 pounds, he has the reach to blanket the majority of the net. Playing with Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds last year, he won nine of his first thirteen starts before losing his next four and being replaced by Jack Campbell. He rebounded at the U18 World Junior Championships, winning a bronze medal and going 4-3 with a 2.72 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He likes to see shots and the more starts he gets, the better his confidence. He'll get the majority of the starts for the Greyhounds next year.
Sean Maguire – Probably the best goalie in the farm system, Maguire is a pure winner. In the 2011 U19 World Junior A Challenge, he went 3-1 with a sparkling 1.49 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He also backstopped the Powell River Kings of the BCHL playing 31 games and going 17-12-1, amassing three shutouts with 2.33 goals against average and another .913 save percentage. He plays the hybrid style of goaltending and does wander from the net at times (something Pens fans know a tad about). He's committed to Boston University for next year.
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