The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender prospects Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry to entry level contracts. The transactions where announced yesterday by Penguins general manager Ray Shero. The pair of Murray and Jarry (not too shabby of a pop boy band name) are the organization's top two netminder prospects. Their deals are three-years long and will go into effect whenever they officially turn pro.
Tristan Jarry is nineteen years old and hails from Surrey, British Columbia. Currently, he's the backup goalie for the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings (home ice pictured above) but is seeing more playing which season. His fourteen game appearances in 2011-2012 increased to 27 in 2012-2013. Jarry's slated to see more north of 40 games this season. Recently, he played in the CHL Top Prospects Game in January. He recorded a sixteen shot shutout and was named the game's MVP. Jarry is with a slew of other mini-Penguins playing in the prospects tournament in London, Ontario this week.
Matt Murray is also nineteen years old and also Canadian (from Thunder Bay, Ontario). But the irony doesn't end there. Murray played in the 2012 CHL Top Prospects and won the game's top player honors, but had seventeen saves and gave up one goal. Murray is going to be the starter for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds next year. His efforts in the 2012 U-18 World Championships helped earn Canada the bronze medal. He is not traveling with the other prospects to Ontario.
For a more in depth look at Jarry and Murray, please follow this link to the Penguins 101 Prospect Report from last month. And if you're a betting person, put money down that the next top Penguins goalie prospect is the CHL Top Prospects game's MVP.
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