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5. Kris Letang

5. Kris Letang

Kris Letang has to date spent his entire professional hockey career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the organization has to be thrilled with the return on their 2005 Third Round Pick.  

The Defenseman played a handful of games in 2007 and would make the roster on a full-time basis the following year and was a member of the Penguins 2009 Stanley Cup Championship win.  Letang continued to improve, and in 2010/11, the native of Montreal had a breakout campaign with a 50 Point season, an All-Star Game appearance, and a sixth-place finish in Norris Trophy voting.

Now a bona fide playmaker from the blueline, Letang would earn All-Star accolades on four more occasions, and he was a two-time Second Team All-Star (2013 & 2014), both of which were years where he was a top-four finisher for the Norris.  Adding two more Stanley Cup Rings, Letang has not only made a case for being the greatest Defenseman in franchise history but also could be one who is on a Hall of Fame path.  To date, Letang has eight 40-plus Point seasons and seven top ten finishes for the Norris.  An All-Star six times, Letang is at 650 career Points entering the 2021-22 Season.

As of this writing, Letang is still with the Penguins, and he could even increase his already impressive rank.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defence
  • Acquired: Selected in the 3rd Round, 62nd Overall in the Amateur Draft 7/30/05.
  • Games Played: 941
  • Notable Statistics: 144 Goals
    506 Assists
    650 Points
    661 PIM
    0.69 PPG
    +100 Plus/Minus
    108.3 Point Shares
    86 Points in 142 Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Stanley Cup Champion (2009, 2016 & 2017)
    Second Team All-Star (2013 & 2016)
    All-Star (2011, 2012, 2016, 2018, 2019 & 2020)

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