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5. Marc-Andre Fleury

Marc-Andre Fleury was the First Overall Draft Pick of 2003 would actually start in net for the Pittsburgh Penguins that year as an 18-year old, making him the youngest ever to start in between the pipes.  He would get better annually and would be the starting Goalie in the Pens Stanley Cup Championship in 2009.  While he was not a threat for the Vezina as a Penguin, he was a steady presence for Pittsburgh and a definite asset for Pittsburgh as they made their Championship runs.  He would help Pittsburgh win the 2016 Cup (though played sparingly due to post-concussion syndrome) and again in 2017, where he backstopped them to their fifth Championship.  

Our All-Time Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins were part of the first wave of expansion in 1967, and they were off to a horrible start.  When they did make the playoffs, they were often bounced early, and fans grew tired. By 1983, the Penguins were close to folding or relocation, but then the words happened: 

Mario Lemieux.

Lemieux became an instant superstar and a must-watch team.  His existence saved the franchise, and with the addition of Jaromir Jagr and other stars, the Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. 

Years later, with the Penguins in financial trouble again, Lemieux would buy the team and save it the organization from the same fate it had years before.  With the top pick in 2005, they chose Sidney Crosby, and with him and later Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins would win the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017.

As for all of our top 50 players in hockey we look at the following: 

1.  Advanced Statistics.

2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NHL.

3. Playoff accomplishments.

4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season.

The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

1. Mario Lemieux

2. Sidney Crosby

3. Jaromir Jagr

4. Evgeni Malkin

5. Marc-Andre Fleury

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  

Look for our All-Time Top 50 Chicago Cubs coming next!

As always we thank you for your support.

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