Penguins Draft Capsules

Penguins Draft Capsules

Capsules on each of the Penguins six draft picks.

By Brian Metzer

I did these draft capsules for my Beaver County Times piece on the draft that you can read HERE. I am borrowing the capsules so that you can catch up with all six of the Penguins 2013 draft picks.

Round 2 – Pick #44 

Name – Tristan Jarry – Goaltender, Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL

Birthdate – April 29, 1995

Height – 6-foot-1

Weight – 178 pounds

Shoots – Left

ISS Scouting Report: Jarry played the year behind one of the top goaltenders in all of Major Junior Hockey but still managed to showcase himself incredibly well when his opportunities arose. He is a very focused and confident goaltender with great low reactions and quick lateral movements. He has excellent rebound control with his pads and has gotten the reputation as a kid who just stops pucks.

2013 stats: 27 games played – 18-7 – 1.61 gaa – .936 Save%

Round 3 – Pick #77

Name – Jake Guentzel – Center, Sioux City, USHL

Birthdate –  Oct 6, 1994

Height – 5-foot-9

Weight – 157 pounds

Shoots – Left

ISS Scouting Report: Guentzel is a creative and electric player who displays very good skills. He is capable of centering your number one line and playing on the point on the power play. He brings a great combination of skating, speed, and balance and hockey sense and has a great work ethic. He answered several questions about his lack of size and production last season when he averaged over a point-per-game.

2013 stats: 60 games played – 29 goals – 44 assists – 73 points – 24 penalty minutes

Round 4 – Pick #119

Name – Ryan Segalla – Defenseman, Salisbury School (HS – CT)

Birthdate – Dec 29, 1994

Height – 6-foot-2

Weight – 194 pounds

Shoots – Left

ESPN Boston’s High School blog had one scout’s take on Segalla – “He has an over-the-top compete level. It’s second to none for kids around New England. He might play a little out of control at times, but he’s very strong, extremely physical. He’s tenacious.

Round 6 – Pick #164

Name – Dane Birks – Defenseman – Merritt – BCHL

Birthdate – Aug 29, 1995

Height – 6-foot-3

Weight – 190

Shoots – Right

Birks has size and isn’t afraid to use it. He also possesses a booming shot that he often unleashes from the point. The big defenseman was also one of the youngest players invited to a recent evaluation camp hosted by the Montreal Canadiens.

Round 6 – Pick #179

Name – Blaine Byron – Center – Smiths Falls – BCHL

Birthdate – Feb 21, 1995

Height – 5-foot-11

Weight – 163

Shoots – Left

Redline Report: “Playing Tier II plus getting traded mid-season didn’t help him, but we keep coming back to the fact that he’s got a higher skill level than many more highly rated prospects from around the OHL.”

Round 7 – Pick #209

Name – Troy Josephs – LW – St. Michael – OJHL

Birthdate – May 9, 1994

Height – 6-foot-0

Weight – 179

Shoots – Left

ISS Scouting Report – His flash and creativity on the puck was on display, spins off checks and remains in possession [of the puck]. Had good physical game, not one to shy away from oncoming pressure or dish it out. Ability to lay some heavy hits and great work low in the offensive zone, fierce puck battle and coming out with possession consistently. He used the boards extremely well to beat defenders at the blueline or low, chips puck and rolls off the check. Josephs needs to add size and strength in order to avoid being labeled as a junior level star. Not a committed defensive player at this point in time.