Although the Pittsburgh Penguins may not have had the greatest start as a franchise in the NHL, since 1990 Pittsburgh has won five Stanley Cups; the most of any team since then.
In this top ten list I am going to discuss the top ten Pittsburgh Penguins of All-Time which includes a few current NHL players.
10. Marc-Andre Fleury:
Drafted first overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Marc-Andre Fleury played for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2006-2017.
Fleury currently has the most games played, wins, and shutouts for a goalie in Penguins history with 691 games played, 375 wins, and 44 shutouts.
He also holds the best goals against average averaging 2.58 goals against per game, and the second best save percentage in Pittsburgh history at .912 percent.
The Quebec native won three Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 2009, 2016, and 2017, along with appearing in four All-Star Games.
9. Tom Barrasso:
Tom Barrasso spent twelve seasons in Pittsburgh from 1989-2000 where he would help solidify the goaltending position for the Penguins in route to their first two Stanley Cups.
As a rookie in 1984, Barrasso was awarded the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year, and the Vezina Trophy as best goalie of the year; Barrasso would also play in the 1985 All-Star Game.
Playing in 460 games and winning 226, Barrasso would be the holder of these records until they were later broken by Fleury.
Although Barrasso’s stats may not have been as impressive as Fleury’s his role in the first two Stanley Cups for the Penguins were instrumental.
8. Paul Coffey:
Although Paul Coffey’s time in Pittsburgh was only four seasons, without Coffey’s leadership, and experience, the Penguins would have had a much harder time getting to those first two Stanley Cups in 1991, and 1992.
Coffey was only in Pittsburgh from 1988-1992 winning the 1991 Stanley Cup, and setting all the scoring records in Penguins history as a Defenseman that still hold true today.
In his time in Pittsburgh, Paul Coffey played in 331 games, scoring 108 goals, recording 332 assists for 440 points, and 573 penalty minutes.
He also played in 14 All-Star Games over the course of his career, including each year in Pittsburgh, and was also awarded the Norris Trophy for Defenseman of the Year three times, in 1985, 1986, and 1995.
7. Jean Pronovost:
Playing for the Penguins from 1969-1978, Pronovost played in 753 games, scored 316 goals, 42 of which were game winning goals, and recorded 287 assists.
Pronovost is currently fifth in Penguins history for games played, goals scored, and game winning goals.
He is also sixth in power play goals with 69, and second in short handed goals with 14.
With Pittsburgh not being the greatest team it was hard for any player in a Penguins uniform to achieve a high level of individual success, however Jean Pronovost can be argued as the first elite player in a Penguins uniform.
6. Rick Kehoe:
Playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1975-1985, Kehoe would play in 722 games, score 312 goals, and 324 assists for 639 points.
Kehoe ranks sixth in goals, ninth in assists, seventh in games played, and fifth in points scored in Penguin history.
He would also be awarded the Lady Byng Award in 1981, and played in the 1981, and 1982 All-Star Games.
In his time in Pittsburgh, Kehoe would score 95 power play goals, and 26 game winning goals, sixth and eighth in franchise history respectively.
5. Ron Francis:
Ron Francis played for the Penguins from 1991-1998, winning the Stanley Cup in 1991, and 1992.
Francis was awarded the Selke Trophy for defensive forward of the year in 1995, the Lady Byng Award in 1995, 1998, and 2002, and played in four All-Star Games over the course of his career.
In his time in Pittsburgh, Francis would record 164 goals, and 449 assists for 613 points.
4. Evgeni Malkin:
Drafted second overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Evgeni Malkin has played in 850 games, and scored 391 goals, and 610 assists for 1,001 points.
Malkin also has the fourth most penalty minutes in Penguins history with 902 minutes in penalties, however he is second in power play goals with 142.
He is even third in game winning goals with 68, and second in hat-tricks with 12.
Malkin has won the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016, and 2017, including the Conn Smythe as Playoff’s Most Valuable Player in 2009.
Individually, Malkin has been awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy, and Ted Lindsay in 2012, along with the Art Ross Trophy in 2009, and 2012, and the Calder Trophy in 2007.
Evgeni Malkin has also appeared in seven All-Star Games over the course of his career in Pittsburgh.
3. Jaromir Jagr:
From Kladno, Czechoslovakia, Jaromir Jagr was drafted fifth overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, and currently has the second most points in NHL history.
Jagr would play in Pittsburgh from 1991-2001, where he would play in 806 games, and would score 439 goals, and 640 assists for 1,079 points; all third in Penguins history.
However, Jagr does have the best plus-minus in Pittsburgh history with a plus-minus of plus-207.
He also has the most game winning goals with 78, and would be awarded the Art Ross Trophy in 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.
Along with being awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1999, Jagr was also awarded the Lester B. Pearson Award in 1999, 2000, and 2006.
On top of all of that, of course Jagr was a huge piece to the Penguins winning back to back Stanley Cups in 1991, and 1992.
2. Sidney Crosby:
From Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sidney Crosby was drafted first overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and has played in the most games as a Penguin at 936.
Crosby also is second in Penguins history in scoring with 444 goals, and 765 assists, and in plus-minus with a plus-minus of plus-185.
In winning three Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 2009, 2016, and 2017, Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe in 2016, and 2017 as Playoff’s Most Valuable Player.
Appearing in eight All-Star Games, Crosby has also been awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2007, and 2014, the Art Ross Trophy in 2007, and 2014, the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy in 2010, and 2017, the Ted Lindsay Award in 2007, 2013, and 2014, and was chosen as All-Star Game MVP in 2019.
There is no doubt that since his arrival in 2005, Crosby has brought success back to the city of Pittsburgh.
1. Mario Lemieux:
Drafted first overall in 1984, Lemieux’s goal was to bring the city of Pittsburgh a Stanley Cup, and he did just that.
Despite his career being cut short from a potential 1,428 games to just 915 games, Lemieux still was able to score 690 goals, and 1,033 assists for 1,723 points; all franchise records.
The Montreal native was scoring points at a rate of 1.88 points per game.
Lemieux also has the most power play, and short handed goals in franchise history with 236, and 49 respectively; along with the most hat-tricks with 40, and second most game winning goals with 74.
Over the course of his career Lemieux faced injuries such as spinal disc herniation, chronic tendinitis in his hip flexor, and chronic back pain so bad that other people had to tie his skates for him due to his back locking up when he bent over.
The biggest obstacle Lemieux over came was Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which caused him to miss the 1994-95 season; however Lemieux would come back and retire in 1997, despite coming out of retirement and playing until 2006 when he was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.
Despite all this, Lemieux was awarded the Art Ross Trophy six times, the Ted Lindsay Award four times, the Hart Memorial Trophy three times, and was selected to be the NHL All-Star Game MVP three times in 1985, 1988, and 1990.
As a rookie he was awarded the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year, and would go on to win back to back Stanley Cups in 1991, and 1992, along with the Conn Smythe in both of those Stanley Cups.
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