LONDON, Ontario - It was, as debuts go, fairly ordinary.
Goalie Tristan Jarry certainly didn't do anything in a 4-1 loss Thursday against Ottawa in the opener of a four-team prospects tournament at Budweiser Gardens to make the Penguins regret trading up so they could invest a second-round draft choice in him a few months ago.
Neither did his performance convince management that it has to clear a spot for him on the major league roster sometime in, say, the next 72 hours.
Jarry allowed two goals - both close-range rebounds - on 10 shots while playing 27 minutes and two seconds after replacing Eric Hartzell, who had given up two goals on 13 shots as the starter.
"He had some good saves for us," said Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes, who is coaching the Penguins' prospects.
Hynes first watched Jarry during development camp this summer and appears to like his potential.
"This was the first time I've seen him in live game action," Hynes said. "He's a very talented player.
"He has good instincts, he's athletic. He's a big body, takes up a lot of the net."
Jarry, who is 6 feet 1, 183 pounds, acknowledged that he was "a little nervous" before getting into the game because he was intent on "making an impression on the coaching staff, all of the management" during this tournament, but said that he "started to settle down a little more" and "feel comfortable again" after he had been in for a while.
Splitting games the way Hartzell and Jarry did is a formula the Penguins apparently will follow throughout the tournament, which includes games Saturday against Toronto and Sunday vs. Chicago.
Matt Murray, a third-round draft choice in 2012, is scheduled to start against the Maple Leafs, with Hartzell taking over midway through the game. That presumably will leave Jarry and Murray to share the workload against the Blackhawks in the tournament finale.
Although the Penguins are optimistic about the promise of all three goalies, they also are cognizant that potential doesn't always translate to productivity, especially for goaltenders.
"It's a difficult position to project for the National Hockey League," said assistant general manager Jason Botterill, who doubles as Wilkes-Barre's general manager. "But we're excited about having these guys in our organization and how they've developed over the last couple of years."
The Penguins have moved aggressively to upgrade both the quantity and quality of the goaltenders in their developmental pipeline over the past few years.
They've had a run of former collegians like John Curry and Brad Thiessen who could be outstanding in the American Hockey League and were capable of filling in at the NHL level, if needed, but the depth chart hasn't exactly been crowded with candidates to make a serious run at work on the major league team.
Spending early round draft choices on the likes of Jarry and Murray and signing Hartzell, a highly regarded free agent from Quinnipiac, were moves intended to address that shortcoming.
"It's something our organization has talked about, adding more depth to that role," Botterill said. "We never want to be in a situation where we're forcing a pick, but we've always told [amateur scouts] that it's a priority. We're happy with the depth we have right now."
And there are two other names worth remembering: Jeff Zatkoff, an accomplished minor league goalie, is entering his second season in Wilkes-Barre, and Sean Maguire, a fourth-round draft choice in 2012 is coming off a strong freshman season at Boston University.
"[Maguire] was sort of a platoon for most of the year," Botterill said. "But in most of the important games in the playoffs, [he was] taking on more of a No. 1 role."
Perhaps someday Maguire will fill that niche with the Penguins. Or maybe Jarry will. Or Murray. Or Hartzell.
Which of them is most likely to do that is virtually impossible to predict. But the Penguins seem confident they've put enough into drafting and developing qualities goalies that one of them will.
NOTES - Forward Cody Sylvester, one of eight forwards on tryout contracts competing for the Penguins in the prospects tournament, scored their only goal against Ottawa, knocking in a loose puck from the left side of the crease on a power play with 3.4 seconds left in the opening period. ... Hynes' assistants for the tournament are Bill Guerin and Alain Nasreddine. ... Although there are no tournament games today, the Penguins prospects will practice this morning.
Dave Molinari: Dmolinari@Post-Gazette.com and Twitter @MolinariPG.