We all remember the 2012-13 playoffs. The Pittsburgh Penguins were expected to do some great things in the postseason, but weren’t up to the task. Fleury underperformed miserably and was replaced by backup goaltender Tomas Vokoun for the majority of the postseason. Of course the lack of scoring didn’t help (see the Boston series), but everyone’s eyes were on Fleury.
Counting only those goalies signed by the Penguins (and not an affiliate), you have: Matt Murray (drafted by Pittsburgh in 2012, 3rd round), Tristan Jarry (drafted by Pittsburgh in 2013, 2nd round), and Jeff Zatkoff (drafted by LA in 2006, 3rd round). Let us evaluate each one.
Throw all of those three goaltenders into the same organization with Marc-Andre Fleury, and what do you have? Perhaps the best goalie depth of any organization in the NHL.
This creates an interesting situation for the future of the Penguins, but right now, it is what it is. Fleury and Zatkoff performing beyond expectations in the NHL, as well as Murray and Jarry being the best goaltending tandem in the AHL.
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