The Pittsburgh Penguins are a team in the National Hockey League.

First-round selectionsEdit

Joe Daley became the first of 20 players selected by the Penguins in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft on June 6, 1967. The next day the Penguins participated in their first amateur draft, where they selected Steve Rexe second overall.

The Penguins obtained the first-overall pick in 1984, and selected Mario Lemieux from the Laval Voisins of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Lemieux won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best rookie in 1985. He went on to win six Art Ross trophies as the league's leading scorer, captained the team to Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997 following his first retirement. He later came back to play in another five seasons for the Penguins, and in 1999, became chairman and co-owner of the team. As owner, Lemieux negotiated an agreement to construct a new arena, ensuring the team's future in Pittsburgh. After the Penguins 2009 Stanley Cup Finals victory, Lemieux became the first person to win a Stanley Cup as both a player and an owner.[1]

In 1990 the Penguins drafted Czechoslovakian Jaromir Jagr with the fifth-overall pick. Following the Velvet Revolution of 1989, Jagr was the first Czechoslovak to attend the NHL draft with the government's permission, becoming the first drafted without having to defect to the West.[2][3] Jagr was also the first European drafted in the first round by the Penguins after selecting only Canadians in their first 23 years. He was the first of four consecutive first round Europeans, and eight in ten years from 1990 to 1999.

Brooks Orpik was the first American drafted by the Penguins when he was selected in 2000 from Boston College. Along with Ryan Whitney in 2002, the Penguins have only selected two Americans in the first round as of 2009.

The Penguins earned another first-overall pick in 2003 and selected goaltender Marc-André Fleury. Fleury was the third goaltender selected first-overall behind Michel Plasse and Rick DiPietro.[4] The first-round selection (second overall) in 2004, Evgeni Malkin, was the Penguins second Calder Trophy winner.[5] The Penguins earned another first-overall selection in the 2005 draft and selected Sidney Crosby in what was nicknamed the "Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes".[6]

Through 2009, of the 38 players drafted in the first round by the Penguins, there are 13 centers, 12 wingers (7 right and 5 left), 8 defenders, and 5 goaltenders. The large majority of the players come from Canada with 27. Czechoslovakia, Russia, Sweden and the United States all have two drafted players, while Belarus and the two now constituent states of Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, each have a single player drafted.


Selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame
* Selected number one overall
Jaromir Jagr Prague

Jaromir Jagr became the Penguins first non-Canadian first-round pick in 1990.

Brooks Orpik 2008

In 2000, Brooks Orpik became the first American drafted in the first-round by the Penguins.

Marc-André Fleury

Marc-Andre Fleury was the first-overall pick in 2003.


The Penguins selected Sidney Crosby first-overall in 2005.

Year Pick Player Position Nationality Previous team (League) Notes
1967 4 Joe Daley Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Detroit Red Wings (NHL) Expansion draft
1967 2 Steve Rexe Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Belleville Mohawks (OHA Sr. A)
1968 4 Garry Swain Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Niagara Falls Flyers (OHA)
1969 No Pick [a]
1970 7 Greg Polis Left wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Estevan Bruins (WCHL)
1971 No Pick [b]
1972 No Pick [c]
1973 7 Blaine Stoughton Left wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
1974 8 Pierre Larouche Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sorel Black Hawks (QMJHL)
1975 13 Gordon Laxton Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
1976 2 Blair Chapman Right wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
1977 No Pick [d]
1978 No Pick [e]
1979 No Pick [f]
1980 9 Mike Bullard Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Brantford Alexanders (OMJHL)
1981 No Pick [g]
1982 10 Rich Sutter Right wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)
1983 15 Bob Errey Left wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
1984 1* Mario Lemieux Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Laval Voisins (QMJHL)
1984 9 Doug Bodger Defence Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kamloops Junior Oilers (WHL) [h]
1984 16 Roger Belanger Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kingston Canadians (OHL) [i]
1985 2 Craig Simpson Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Michigan State (CCHA)
1986 4 Zarley Zalapski Defence Flag of Canada.svg Canada Canadian national team
1987 5 Chris Joseph Defence Flag of Canada.svg Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
1988 4 Darrin Shannon Left wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
1989 16 Jamie Heward Defence Flag of Canada.svg Canada Regina Pats (WHL)
1990 5 Jaromir Jagr Right wing Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia HC Kladno (Czechoslovak 1)
1991 16 Markus Naslund Left wing Flag of Sweden Sweden Modo Hockey (SEL)
1992 19 Martin Straka Center Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia HC Plzeň (Czechoslovak 1)
1993 26 Stefan Bergkvist Defence Flag of Sweden Sweden Leksands IF (SEL)
1994 24 Chris Wells Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
1995 24 Aleksey Morozov Right wing Flag of Russia Russia Krylya Sovetov (IHL-Russia)
1996 23 Craig Hillier Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL)
1997 17 Robert Dome Right wing Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Las Vegas Thunder (IHL)
1998 23 Milan Kraft Center Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic HC Plzeň (Czech)
1999 18 Konstantin Koltsov Right wing Flag of Belarus Belarus Cherepovets (RSL)
2000 18 Brooks Orpik Defence Flag of the United States United States Boston College (Hockey East)
2001 21 Colby Armstrong Right wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
2002 5 Ryan Whitney Defence Flag of the United States United States Boston University (Hockey East)
2003 1* Marc-André Fleury Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
2004 2 Evgeni Malkin Center Flag of Russia Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RSL)
2005 1* Sidney Crosby Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
2006 2 Jordan Staal Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
2007 20 Angelo Esposito Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
2008 No Pick [j]
2009 30 Simon Després Defence Flag of Canada.svg Canada Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

The 1967 NHL Expansion DraftEdit

Pittsburgh's first players were selected from these Original Six Teams

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"For once, we control our own destiny. The impact that Lemieux is going to have on our franchise is something we need. It won't just be the Pittsburgh Penguins; it will be Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins."
——ED JOHNSTON, General Manager of the Penguins in 1984.[7]

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"This is huge for the franchise to be able to get a player of his caliber."
——MARIO LEMIEUX, Player and owner of the Penguins after the Penguins won the draft lottery to select Sidney Crosby in 2005

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Draft order
  1. Mario Lemieux. Front Office. Pittsburgh Penguins. Retrieved on 2 November 2009.
  2. Swift, E.M.. "The Kid From Kladno", Sports Illustrated, 12 October 1992. Retrieved on 2 November 2009. 
  3. Athlete profile: Jaromir Jagr. Sports Illustrated/CNN (3 February 1998). Retrieved on 2 November 2009.
  4. First Overall Selections. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2 November 2009.
  5. Calder Memorial Trophy. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2 November 2009.
  6. Year in Review: 2005. CBC (20 December 2005). Archived from the original on 28 December 2005. Retrieved on 2 November 2009.
  7. Pittsburgh Penguins Draft Pick History

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