Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins https://www.notinhalloffame.com Mon, 08 Mar 2021 20:09:55 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb 1. Mario Lemieux https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11127-1-mario-lemieux https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11127-1-mario-lemieux 1. Mario Lemieux
The city of Pittsburgh should erect as many statues as possible of Mario Lemieux.  If it wasn’t for him, there is a good chance that Pittsburgh Penguins would not exist today.  The Penguins did not draw well, and they were more often than not on the losing end, but everything changed when "Super Mario" was drafted first overall in the 1984 Draft.
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2. Sidney Crosby https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11128-2-sidney-crosby https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11128-2-sidney-crosby 2. Sidney Crosby
The Pittsburgh Penguins won the lottery to draft Sidney Crosby, who lived up to all of the enormous expectations that were placed upon him, and it took him no time to do it.  As a rookie, Crosby scored 102 Points and missed out on the Calder to Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals, a rivalry that still exists to this day.  Crosby would have no sophomore jinx with a 120 Point campaign, a Hart Trophy, A Ted Lindsay Award, an Art Ross Trophy, and, more importantly, a Stanley Cup RIng.
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3. Jaromir Jagr https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11129-3-jaromir-jagr https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11129-3-jaromir-jagr 3. Jaromir Jagr
Placing Jaromir Jagr only at number three seems so strange considering all that he accomplished there, but don’t think of this as a slight on Jagr. We ask you to view it as a testament to what Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby accomplished over their careers, and Jagr was only with Pittsburgh for roughly half of his career.  But what a half it was!
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4. Evgeni Malkin https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11130-4-evgeni-malkin https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11130-4-evgeni-malkin 4. Evgeni Malkin
The Pittsburgh Penguins chose Evgeni Malkin with the second overall pick in 2004, but due to a transfer dispute between the NHL and the IIHF, Malkin could not report until the 2006/07 season.  The Russian star was worth the wait!
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5. Marc-Andre Fleury https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11131-5-marc-andre-fleury https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11131-5-marc-andre-fleury 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.  
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6. Kris Letang https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11135-6-kris-letang https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11135-6-kris-letang 6. 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.  
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7. Ron Francis https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11140-7-ron-francis https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11140-7-ron-francis 7. Ron Francis
When Ron Francis retired, he was second all-time in Assists with 1,249.  It needs to be mentioned that, 449 of them came as a Pittsburgh Penguin.
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8. Jean Pronovost https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11141-8-jean-pronovost https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11141-8-jean-pronovost 8. Jean Pronovost
Let's get this out of the way before we discuss more of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the pre-Mario Lemieux era is simply to state that they were not very good.  They would annually struggle to make the post-season, and they did not elicit excitement among hockey fans anywhere in the country, let alone in Western Pennsylvania.
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9. Tom Barrasso https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11142-9-tom-barrasso https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11142-9-tom-barrasso 9. Tom Barrasso
Tom Barrasso may not have been the most natural person to like, but make no mistake that this is a Goaltender who is Hall of Fame worthy, a lot of which was due to what he accomplished in Pittsburgh.
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10. Paul Coffey https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11143-10-paul-coffey https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11143-10-paul-coffey 10. Paul Coffey
Paul Coffey will always be known for what he did in Edmonton, but if you were to come up with a second team for Coffey (he actually played for nine NHL teams) it should be the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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11. Kevin Stevens https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11144-11-kevin-stevens https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11144-11-kevin-stevens 11. Kevin Stevens
Kevin Stevens played the first half of his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and it was in the Steel City where he easily had his best success.
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12. Rick Kehoe https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11145-12-rick-kehoe https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11145-12-rick-kehoe 12. Rick Kehoe
Rick Kehoe was one of the few bright spots in some awful Pittsburgh Penguins teams of the late 70s and early 80s.
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13. Ron Stackhouse https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11146-13-ron-stackhouse https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11146-13-ron-stackhouse 13. Ron Stackhouse
Ron Stackhouse played four and a half years in the NHL (with the California Golden Seals and Detroit Red Wings) before he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1973-74 Season.  It was in Western Pennsylvania where he really found his groove.
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14. Mark Recchi https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11147-14-mark-recchi https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11147-14-mark-recchi 14. Mark Recchi
Mark Recchi began his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where the fourth round pick immediately exceed expectations.  The Right Wing would have 67 Points in his first full season with the Pens (1989-90) and would break-out with a 113 Point campaign and helped Pittsburgh win their first Stanley Cup.  The following year was a little bittersweet as he was traded late in the season to Philadelphia in a blockbuster trade.  Recchi was named a Second Team All-Star that year, but the Penguins would win their second Stanley Cup that year.
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15. Larry Murphy https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11148-15-larry-murphy https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11148-15-larry-murphy 15. Larry Murphy
Larry Murphy played for six teams in his career in the National Hockey League, and it was with the Pittsburgh Penguins where he had his biggest batch of success.
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16. Chris Kunitz https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11149-16-chris-kunitz https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11149-16-chris-kunitz 16. Chris Kunitz
Chris Kunitz was traded from the Anaheim Ducks late in 2008-09 season with the hope that he would provide potency to the Penguins' second line ahead of their playoff run.  That is precisely what he would do.
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17. Sergei Gonchar https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11150-17-sergei-gonchar https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11150-17-sergei-gonchar 17. Sergei Gonchar
Prior to his arrival to Pittsburgh, Sergei Gonchar had been chosen for two Second Team All-Stars as a member of the Washington Capitals.  He may not have done that with Pittsburgh, but there is no doubt that he made his presence felt in Western Pennsylvania.
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18. Randy Carlyle https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11151-18-randy-carlyle https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11151-18-randy-carlyle 18. Randy Carlyle
When most people think of Randy Carlyle these days, they likely think of his coaching, which included helping the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to a Stanley Cup in 2006.  What many people forget is that he was one solid hockey player who once won the Norris Trophy, an award he collected as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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19. Alex Kovalev https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11152-19-alex-kovalev https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11152-19-alex-kovalev 19. Alex Kovalev
Alex Kovalev played 365 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he would first arrive when he was traded from the New York Rangers in November of 1998.  The Russian Right Winger would score 95 Points in 2000-01, which would be a career-high.  Kovalev followed that with a 76 Point campaign and then would have 64 Points in 54 Games before he was traded back to the Rangers.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:58:09 +0000
20. Syl Apps https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11153-20-syl-apps https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11153-20-syl-apps 20. Syl Apps
Syl Apps was the son of Syl Apps Sr., who was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame.  As the son of a legend, it was not easy to play hockey, but Apps Jr. was a very good player in his own right.
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21. Dave Burrows https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11154-21-dave-burrows https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11154-21-dave-burrows 21. Dave Burrows
Dave Burrows debuted in the NHL in 1971 with Pittsburgh after he was claimed from the Chicago Blackhawks in the Intra-League Draft.  Burrows was a defensive cornerstone for the Penguins in the '70s focusing on his end of the ice.  Twice named an All-Star with Pittsburgh (1974 & 1976), Burrows would finish 10th Hart Trophy voting in 1975-76.  He wasn’t known for scoring but did accumulate 108 Assists for Pittsburgh.
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22. Martin Straka https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11155-22-martin-straka https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11155-22-martin-straka 22. Martin Straka
Martin Straka came to Pittsburgh as a 1992 1st Round Pick from Czechoslovakia, and he debuted that year, appearing in 42 Games for the team.  Straka would have a strong sophomore season where he had 64 Points in 1993-94, but the young forward was traded for a pair of gritty performers in Troy Murphy and Norm MacIver.  This deal would, however, not be the end of Straka in Pittsburgh.
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23. Phil Kessel https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11156-23-phil-kessel https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11156-23-phil-kessel 23. Phil Kessel
Despite the fact that he was a proven scorer with the Maple Leafs, he was not a fan-favorite in Toronto, and as the Leafs were looking to rebuild anyway, Kessel was shopped around in the summer of 2015.  They found a taker in Pittsburgh, and it turned out to be one of the smartest transactions that the Penguins ever made.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins Mon, 09 Mar 2020 14:06:12 +0000
24. Lowell MacDonald https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11157-24-lowell-macdonald https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11157-24-lowell-macdonald 24. Lowell MacDonald
Lowell MacDonald was claimed by the Los Angeles Kings in the Intra-League Draft, and realistically, there was no reason to believe that when the Penguins chose him that he would be a productive player in the NHL.  That being said, his was the strange expansion world of the 1970s, and that is precisely what he would become.  
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins Mon, 09 Mar 2020 14:08:22 +0000
25. Rob Brown https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11158-25-rob-brown https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11158-25-rob-brown 25. Rob Brown
Rob Brown began his NHL career with Pittsburgh when the 4th Rounder debuted for the big club the year after.  Brown had a good rookie year scoring 44 Points, but he was on a line the season after with Mario Lemieux, and he took advantage of the golden opportunity.
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26. Joe Mullen https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11161-26-joe-mullen https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11161-26-joe-mullen 26. Joe Mullen
After playing 10 seasons combined with the St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames, Joe Mullen would bring to Pittsburgh a resume as a previous Stanley Cup ring (Calgary in 1989) and was a two-time Lady Byng Trophy winner.  You could argue that Mullen was stolen, as Calgary gave up a 1990 second round pick for him, as they thought he no longer would be productive as he dropped from 110 to 69 Points.  They would be wrong.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins Wed, 11 Mar 2020 14:00:13 +0000
27. Pascal Dupuis https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11162-27-pascal-dupuis https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11162-27-pascal-dupuis 27. Pascal Dupuis
A veteran of seven seasons at the time of his mid-season trade in 2007-08, Pascal Dupuis would play the second half of his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  It would also be the better half.
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28. James Neal https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11163-28-james-neal https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11163-28-james-neal 28. James Neal
James Neal was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins close to the 2011 trade deadline, and it was the year after where he would put forth his best year in professional hockey.
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29. Jordan Staal https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11164-29-jordan-staal https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11164-29-jordan-staal 29. Jordan Staal
A member of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first six seasons of his NHL career, Jordan Staal wasted no time as the second overall pick of the 2006 NHL Draft to become one of the better defensive forwards in the NHL. 
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30. Ron Schock https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11165-30-ron-schock https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11165-30-ron-schock 30. Ron Schock
The most important goal that Ron Schock would have would be in a St. Louis Blues uniform when he lit the lamp in double overtime in Game 7 of the 1968 Conference Finals.  That put the Blues into the Stanley Cup Finals in the first year of the club's existence.  St. Louis didn't win, and a year later, Schock was not even a Blue.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins Wed, 11 Mar 2020 14:09:59 +0000
31. Mike Bullard https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11166-31-mike-bullard https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11166-31-mike-bullard 31. Mike Bullard
Mike Bullard was the ninth overall pick in the 1980 Draft Pick, and he would debut that year for Pittsburgh, and he appeared in 15 Games.  He was a full-time Center for the Pens the season after and proved to be a solid performer with a 63 Point Season.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins Wed, 11 Mar 2020 14:12:40 +0000
32. Patric Hornqvist https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11167-32-patric-hornqvist https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11167-32-patric-hornqvist 32. Patric Hornqvist
From Sweden, Patric Hornqvist is as of this writing is in his sixth season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, his second NHL team after being a Nashville Predator for six years.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins Wed, 11 Mar 2020 14:24:07 +0000
33. Brooks Orpik https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11168-33-brooks-orpik https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11168-33-brooks-orpik 33. Brooks Orpik
From the United States, Brooks Orpik played three years at Boston College, where he helped his institution with the 2001 NCAA Championship.  The year before, he was drafted 18th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom he would join after winning that coveted amateur accolade.
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34. Pierre Larouche https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11169-34-pierre-larouche https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11169-34-pierre-larouche 34. Pierre Larouche
In the last half of the 1970s, one of the most exciting young players was Pierre Larouche, who set many records as the youngest to achieve specific benchmarks.  He was the youngest to score 100 Goals, 200 Points, and 300 Points (though Wayne Gretzky would break this), but nevertheless, he still had that record at one time.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:22:56 +0000
35. Olli Maatta https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11170-35-olli-maatta https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11170-35-olli-maatta 35. Olli Maatta
Considered to be one of the more cerebral Defenseman in the game, Finland’s Olli Maatta, was a First Round Pick (22nd Overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012. 
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36. Greg Malone https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11171-36-greg-malone https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11171-36-greg-malone 36. Greg Malone
Greg Malone came to the Pittsburgh Penguins as a 1976 Second Round Pick, who would have a good rookie campaign with a 37 Point output.  He would have a 61 Point year after and had 65 Points the season after that.  That would be a personal best, as was his 35 Goals.  
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37. Robert Lang https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11172-37-robert-lang https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11172-37-robert-lang 37. Robert Lang
Robert Lang played four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, and he would sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins as a Free Agent before the 1997-98 season.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:28:40 +0000
38. Kevin Hatcher https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11173-38-kevin-hatcher https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11173-38-kevin-hatcher 38. Kevin Hatcher
Best known for his time with the Washington Capitals, where he would thrice finish in the top ten in Norris Trophy voting.  After his successful run in Washington, he would spend two seasons in Dallas before being traded for Sergei Zubov after the 1995-96 season.
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39. Dan Quinn https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11174-39-dan-quinn https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11174-39-dan-quinn 39. Dan Quinn
Dan Quinn was traded from the Calgary Flames for Mike Bullard early in the 1986-87 season, and the Center would go on to have some of his best individual success in pro hockey.  He would score 71 of his 80 Points that year as a Penguin, and followed that with a career-best 40 Goal campaign, where he was eighth in the league in Power Play Goals.  That was good, but he would top that with a 94 Point year in 1988-89.  The Penguins had a lot of scorers by this point, and he was dealt to the Vancouver Canucks halfway through the 1989-90 campaign.
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40. Ryan Whitney https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11175-40-ryan-whitney https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11175-40-ryan-whitney 40. Ryan Whitney
A native of Massachusetts, Ryan Whitney, played for Boston University and would be drafted in 2002 by the Penguins 5th Overall in 2002.  The Defenseman would turn pro two years later, and after playing in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Pittsburgh’s AHL farm team), he debuted in 2005-06.
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41. John Cullen https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11176-41-john-cullen https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11176-41-john-cullen 41. John Cullen
John Cullen would play college hockey at Boston University, and while he was one of their best players, he went undrafted in the NHL.  Cullen left Boson University as the then all-time leading scorer, and he would try out for the Buffalo Sabres, who chose him in a Supplemental Draft.  He didn't make the Sabres, so Cullen would instead join Flint of the International Hockey League, wherein the 1987-88 season, he scored 157 Points.  As you can imagine, that turned many heads.
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42. Rick Tocchet https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11177-42-rick-tocchet https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11177-42-rick-tocchet 42. Rick Tocchet
As a player, Rick Tocchet is most closely associated with the other Pennsylvania hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers, and he should be considering he spent four times longer there than he did with the Penguins.
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43. Petr Nedved https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11178-43-petr-nedved https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11178-43-petr-nedved 43. Petr Nedved
Petr Nedved arrived in Pittsburgh with a lot of baggage.  The former second overall pick was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks, whose fans appreciated his skill, but not his soft play.  A contract dispute would see him dealt to St. Louis, where he played for part of a season, and then he went to the New York Rangers, where he failed to live up to expectations.  Still, there was so much talent in the Czech Center, that the Penguins traded for him before the 1995-96 season.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:39:01 +0000
44. Jan Hrdina https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11179-44-jan-hrdina https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11179-44-jan-hrdina 44. Jan Hrdina
Jan Hrdina was chosen in the 5th Round in 1995 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and after playing in Junior for another year and the minors for two, he was ready to debut in the NHL in 1998.
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45. Doug Badger https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11180-45-doug-badger https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11180-45-doug-badger 45. Doug Badger
With their second pick of the 1984 NHL draft (which was ninth overall), the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Doug Bodger, a Defenseman from British Columbia.  You probably know the guy they took with their first pick, Mario Lemieux.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:41:49 +0000
46. Doug Shedden https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11184-46-doug-shedden https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11184-46-doug-shedden 46. Doug Shedden
Doug Shedden played the first half of his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where the 5th Round Pick would exceed expectations.
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47. Ken Schinkel https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11185-47-ken-schinkel https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11185-47-ken-schinkel 47. Ken Schinkel
Ken Schinkel finished third in Calder Trophy voting when he was with the New York Rangers in 1959-60, but despite that early success, he bounced back and forth from the minors to the parent club until the NHL expanded in 1967.  He was plucked by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who chose him in the Expansion Draft.
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48. Ulf Samuelsson https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11186-48-ulf-samuelsson https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11186-48-ulf-samuelsson 48. Ulf Samuelsson
Ulf Samuelsson came to Pittsburgh as part of an enormous gamble by the Penguins.  The Defenseman was part of a trade that brought him and Ron Francis for John Cullen and Zarley Zalapski late in the 1990-91 season.  The Penguins were going for their first Stanley Cup, and the deal worked out as Samuelsson would help Pittsburgh win it all that year.  The Defenseman was known for two things in that post-season, scoring the first goal in the clinching game of the Cup and delivering the check that ended Cam Neely’s career.
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49. Matt Niskanen https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11187-49-matt-niskanen https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11187-49-matt-niskanen 49. Matt Niskanen
American born Defenseman, Matt Niskanen, began his career in Dallas, and when he arrived in Pittsburgh, he was a well-rounded two-way player with good size and capable at the point. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:43:23 +0000
50. Duane Rupp https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11188-50-duane-rupp https://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/top-50-hockey-players-by-franchise/top-50-pittsburgh-penguins/11188-50-duane-rupp 50. Duane Rupp
Duane Rupp was not an original Pittsburgh Penguin, but he did arrive early in the franchise’s existence when fellow expansion team, Minnesota traded him there early in the 1968-69 season.
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