PITTSBURGH -- When Tristan Jarry arrived in Edmonton as a green, 15-year-old goalie for the Oil Kings of the WHL, the coaches there were a little concerned. In Jarry, they saw a goalie with good athleticism and a calm that belied his age -- but they wanted more intensity.
There’s a benefit to keeping the highs and lows at a minimum, but they wanted to see the occasional high.
“We learned that this is his personality,” said former Oil Kings coach and current Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal on Thursday.
They also learned to really appreciate it.
“His goaltending personality is almost perfect for the position,” Laxdal said. “He’s a laid-back personality, who has a real quiet compete mindset.”
It’s not to be confused with someone who isn’t competitive or doesn’t care. You don’t get drafted in the second round, win a Memorial Cup and work your way to the NHL if you’re not competitive. Jarry has done all of the above, and he’s done it with a calm about him that is absolutely necessary, as things get a bit scrambled in goal for the Penguins.