Penguins hit deep shots in the draft

Perhaps the Pittsburgh Penguins’ amateur Scouting staff can plan to sleep on July 8th.

That’s because Day Two of the NHL Draft is scheduled to take place at the Bell Center in Montreal, and then, bar trade, the Penguins will have no choice in the second or third rounds.

However, they have one pick in each of Rounds 4-7, and while the odds are against one already developed of late into a regular NHL contributor, the Penguins were able to show off some good players after the third round.

Leading this group is Mark Rickey, the fourth inductee in 1988 to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame after appearing in 1,652 regular season games, scoring 577 goals and winning the Stanley Cup with the Penguins, Carolinas, and Boston.

Ricky is the only player the Penguins have ever made in the fourth inning or so to make it into the hall and for every Ryan Mallon or Rob Scuderi who has had a long and productive career in the NHL, there are half a dozen or so Nathan Moons, Stephen Crampons and Leonid Turopchinkos who have never been No change in the league.

However, it is possible to build a competitive roster of Pittsburgh Penguins’ picks mid and late over the years, even if some of these players have spent their most productive seasons with other clubs. The list (with the players at each position listed alphabetically) would look like this:


Dave Hanan (10th Round, 1981) – Played for a few of the worst teams in franchise history, but was quick and sound defensively, as well as a good penalty kick killer.

Jean Hrdina (5th Round, 1995) – A two-way responsible position that can be relied upon to produce double-digit goals each year.

Mark Johnson (Fourth round, 1977) – Son of Penguins coaching legend Bob Johnson, Johnson played only the first 136 of 669 NHL games, but had 31 and 35 goals with Hartford.

Max Talbot (8th Round, 2002) – Even if he wasn’t a brilliant defensive center and traveled to penalty shootouts, Talbot would likely have earned a spot on this team by scoring both of the Penguins’ goals in Game Seven of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final.

Wright Wingers

Rob Brown (Round 4, 1986) – Despite skating as if he was waist-deep in quicksand, Brown had universal hands and thought the game looked more like Mario Lemieu than any other Linemate Lemieux.

Tyler Kennedy (Fourth Round, 2004) – Kennedy was stubborn, feisty and able to score goals in groups.

Tom Costopoulos (Seventh round, 1999) – Embodiment of a blue-collar striker, he scored no more than nine goals in one season but lasted 630 NHL games.

Mark Rickie (4th round, 1988) – Like Brown, he was part of the Kamloops to Pittsburgh pipeline in the ’80s and ’90s.

left wings

Jeff Daniels (Sixth Round, 1986) – Member of the 1991 and 1992 Penguins Cup winning teams, although he did not play a playoff in either season. The presence of Daniels, now a Carolina assistant coach, on this list reflects the small number of Penguins-caliber NHL players who landed his position late in the draft.

Ryan Malone (Fourth round, 1999) – Widely celebrated as the Penguins’ first homegrown talent, Mallon collected 179 goals and 191 assists in 641 games for the Penguins and Tampa Bay (plus six goalless games with the New York Rangers.)

Sean McEachern (Sixth Round, 1987) – Fast and versatile enough to play all three front positions, he had six seasons with 24 or more goals over the course of his career.

Matt Molson (Ninth Round, 2003) – Molson has scored 176 goals in 650 National Hockey League games, an exceptional production for a ninth-placed player. Unfortunately for the penguins, he got them all from Los Angeles, Buffalo, Minnesota and New York Islanders.


Andrew Ference (8th round, 1997) – Played bigger than he did and had a higher hockey IQ, although that didn’t translate into big offensive numbers during his 907 games with the Penguins, Calgary, Boston and Edmonton.

Ian Moran (Round Six, 1990) – Perhaps the only defender guy in franchise history who sprayed WD-40 on his knees to keep them lubricated (or, at least, loose), he had a solid 11 years, though rarely an amazing one. league.

Jake Muzin (5th round, 2007) – Back problems dropped Muzzin in the draft and the Pittsburgh Penguins gambled well on him, albeit not for their sake. He never signed here, but went on to make 679 appearances for Los Angeles and Toronto, and is under contract with the Maple Leafs for two more seasons.

Michel Rozival (Round 4, 1996) – His intensity level fluctuated and wasn’t the physical presence he could have been, but Rosival skied really well, had a good shot and won two cups in Chicago.

Rob Scudri (Fifth Round, 1998) A classic defensive back Scuderi has scored as many as two goals just once in 12 NHL seasons – he has been a valuable contributor to the Cup-winning clubs with the Penguins (2009) and the Kings (2012).

Chris Tamer (Fourth round, 1990) – Tamer’s toughness was his primary strength, as suggested by his career totals of 1,185 penalty shootouts and 85 points.


Patrick Lalim (Sixth Round, 1993) – Set a National Hockey League record for longest streak undefeated by a goalkeeper early in his career, with 14 wins and two draws in his first 16 decisions. This proved to be the highlight of his time here, although he had a lengthy contract dispute after the junior season and his rights were eventually traded in favor of Anaheim.

Greg Millen (Round Six, 1977) – Milne set the respectable record 57-56-18 during his three seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins before joining Hartford as a free agent in 1981. It was the second of six stops during what became his 14-year career .

What do you think? Should guys like Michelle Ole, Dave McElwain, Rod Puskas, and Frank Petrangelo, to name a few, make this cut? And if so, who would have to fall to make a place for him?

Let’s discuss in the comments section.

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