Left without draft picks in the first two rounds of Sunday’s NHL Draft because of trade deadline deals for Jarome Iginla and Douglas Murray, the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday traded forward Tyler Kennedy to the San Jose Sharks for a second-round selection, and used it to draft goaltender Tristan Jarry, from the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League.
Jarry, the number-44 pick overall, was 18-7 with a .936 save percentage and a 1.61 goals-against average for Edmonton. An 18 year-old from British Columbia, Canada, Jarry was considered the number-three goaltender prospect in North America by NHL Central Scouting.
In the draft’s third round, the Penguins nabbed center Jake Guentzel, from the Sioux City Musketeers, the United States Hockey League’s Rookie-of-the-Year. Their fourth-round selection was high school defenseman Ryan Segalla, from Boston, who plans to attend NCAA Frozen Four competitor Connecticut next fall. Pittsburgh’s two sixth-round picks were defenseman Dane Birks, from Merritt of the British Columbia Hockey League, who will attend Michigan Tech, and center Blaine Byron, from Smiths Falls of the Central Canada Hockey League, who will be going to the University of Maine. The Pens’ final selection, in the seventh round, was center Troy Josephs, from St. Michaels, the champions of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
The draft’s top overall pick was center Nathan MacKinnon from Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. MacKinnon was tabbed by the Colorado Avalanche.