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Archibald, Jarry, Pouliot honored

Three Penguins prospects have picked up some recognition for excellent seasons this year.

Some good news of late for the Pittsburgh Penguins for some young prospects. Today the WHL announced some honors for Derrick Pouliot and goaltender Tristan Jarry. From the Penguins:

Pouliot, drafted by the Penguins in the first round (8th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, was named to the Western Conference First All-Star Team and he was nominated for the WHL Defenseman of the Year Award.

Pouliot, 20, currently places third among all WHL defensemen with 70 points (17G-53A) in 58 regular-season contests for the Portland Winterhawks. He has established career highs across the board offensively.

Jarry, 18, whom the Penguins chose in the second round (44th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, was selected to the Eastern Conference First All-Star Team and he was nominated for the WHL Goaltender of the Year Award.

Jarry, who plays for the Edmonton Oil Kings, leads all WHL goaltenders in wins (44), goals-against average (2.24) and shutouts (8) in his first year as the team’s No. 1 netminder.

Pouliot was nominated for Defenseman of the Year alongside Prince Albert’s Josh Morrissey; Jarry will battle Kelowna’s Jordan Cooke for Goaltender of the Year.

They join forward prospect Josh Archibald who has also gotten some recognition- first being named a finalist for the 2014 Hobey Baker award (College hockey's Heisman Trophy) and and also being named the NCHC forward and also player of the year.

Archibald, 21, was a 6th round pick back in 2011 and is finishing up his junior year at Nebraska-Omaha. But, if he elects to forego his last year of college eligibility Archibald would be a welcome addition to finish out the season in Wilkes-Barre. The Penguins have gone both directions in recent years, sometimes signing players early (Brian Strait and Philip Samuelsson) but still being supportive of players who decide to finish up their degrees (Carl Sneep or current Notre Dame senior Bryan Rust).

Both Jarry and Pouliot are expected to join WB/S when their junior seasons are over- much like Pouliot and Olli Maatta did last year. However, this will require the Baby Pens season to last longer than the respective junior seasons, which may or may not happen.

Regardless of the short-term plans, it's definitely nice to see the pipeline of talent show some promise and win some hard earned recognitions.