List of Pittsburgh Penguins draft picks

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

First-round selections

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 (QMJHL). 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 NHL'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, the Consol Energy Center, ensuring the team's future in Pittsburgh. After the Penguins' 2009 Stanley Cup 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.

Artem Kopot, and up-and-coming Russian defenseman with the Soviet under-18 team who had also played 28 games with his hometown Traktor Chelyabinsk in 1991–92, was the first Russian player to be drafted by the Penguins, selected in the sixth round, 139th overall, of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Less than a month after being selected by the Penguins and five days before his 20th birthday, Kopot was involved in a fatal one-car accident in his hometown of Chelyabinsk. Kopot was the only person in the vehicle.[4]

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 and Beau Bennett in 2010, the Penguins have only selected three Americans in the first round as of 2011.

The Penguins traded for another first overall pick for 2003, which they used to select goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury was the third goaltender selected first overall behind Michel Plasse and Rick DiPietro.[5] Pittsburgh's first-round selection, second overall, in 2004, Evgeni Malkin, was the Penguins' second Calder Trophy winner.[6] The Penguins earned another first overall selection in 2005 and selected Sidney Crosby in what was nicknamed the "Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes."[7]

Through 2014, of the 43 players were drafted in the first round by the Penguins, there are 13 centers, 15 wingers (8 right and 7 left), 11 defenders and four goaltenders. The large majority of the players come from Canada with 29. The United States and Czechoslovakia have three; Russia, Sweden and Finland have two drafted players, while Belarus and Slovakia each have a single player drafted.


Selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame
* Selected number one overall
Year Pick Player Position Nationality Previous team (league) Notes
1967 2 Steve Rexe Goaltender  Canada Belleville Mohawks (OHA Sr. A)
1968 4 Garry Swain Center  Canada Niagara Falls Flyers (OHA)
1969 No Pick [a]
1970 7 Greg Polis Left Wing  Canada Estevan Bruins (WCHL)
1971 No Pick [b]
1972 No Pick [c]
1973 7 Blaine Stoughton Left Wing  Canada Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
1974 8 Pierre Larouche Center  Canada Sorel Black Hawks (QMJHL)
1975 13 Gordon Laxton Goaltender  Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
1976 2 Blair Chapman Right Wing  Canada Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
1977 No Pick [d]
1978 No Pick [e]
1979 No Pick [f]
1980 9 Mike Bullard Center  Canada Brantford Alexanders (OMJHL)
1981 No Pick [g]
1982 10 Rich Sutter Right Wing  Canada Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)
1983 15 Bob Errey Left Wing  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
1984 1* Mario Lemieux Center  Canada Laval Voisins (QMJHL)
1984 9 Doug Bodger Defence  Canada Kamloops Junior Oilers (WHL) [08]
1984 16 Roger Belanger Center  Canada Kingston Canadians (OHL) [i]
1985 2 Craig Simpson Center  Canada Michigan State (CCHA)
1986 4 Zarley Zalapski Defence  Canada Canadian national team
1987 5 Chris Joseph Defence  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
1988 4 Darrin Shannon Left Wing  Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
1989 16 Jamie Heward Defence  Canada Regina Pats (WHL)
1990 5 Jaromir Jagr Right Wing  Czechoslovakia HC Kladno (Czechoslovak 1)
1991 16 Markus Naslund Left Wing  Sweden Modo Hockey (SEL)
1992 19 Martin Straka Center  Czechoslovakia HC Plzen (Czechoslovak 1)
1993 26 Stefan Bergkvist Defence  Sweden Leksands IF (SEL)
1994 24 Chris Wells Center  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
1995 24 Alexei Morozov Right Wing  Russia Krylya Sovetov (IHL-Russia)
1996 23 Craig Hillier Goaltender  Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL)
1997 17 Robert Dome Right Wing  Slovakia Las Vegas Thunder (IHL)
1998 23 Milan Kraft Center  Czech Republic HC Plzen (Czech)
1999 18 Konstantin Koltsov Right Wing  Belarus Severstal Cherepovets (RSL)
2000 18 Brooks Orpik Defence  United States Boston College (Hockey East)
2001 21 Colby Armstrong Right Wing  Canada Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
2002 5 Ryan Whitney Defence  United States Boston University (Hockey East)
2003 1* Marc-Andre Fleury Goaltender  Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL) [j]
2004 2 Evgeni Malkin Center  Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RSL)
2005 1* Sidney Crosby Center  Canada Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
2006 2 Jordan Staal Center  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
2007 20 Angelo Esposito Center  Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
2008 No Pick [k]
2009 30 Simon Despres Defence  Canada Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
2010 20 Beau Bennett Forward  United States Penticton Vees (BCHL)
2011 23 Joe Morrow Defence  Canada Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
2012 8 Derrick Pouliot Defence  Canada Portland Winterhawks (WHL) [l]
2012 22 Olli Maatta Defence  Finland London Knights (OHL)
2013 No Pick [m]
2014 22 Kasperi Kapanen Right Wing  Finland KalPa (Liiga)
2015 No Pick [n]
2016 No Pick [o]
2017 No Pick [p]
2018 No Pick [q]
2019 21 Samuel Poulin Right Wing  Canada Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)

The 1967 NHL Expansion Draft

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

Penguins selected in the Amateur/Entry Draft

1967 NHL Amateur Draft

1968 NHL Amateur Draft

1969 NHL Amateur Draft

1970 NHL Amateur Draft

1971 NHL Amateur Draft

1972 NHL Amateur Draft

1973 NHL Amateur Draft

1974 NHL Amateur Draft

1975 NHL Amateur Draft

1976 NHL Amateur Draft

1977 NHL Amateur Draft

1978 NHL Amateur Draft

1979 NHL Entry Draft

1980 NHL Entry Draft

1981 NHL Entry Draft

1982 NHL Entry Draft

1983 NHL Entry Draft

1984 NHL Entry Draft

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.[8]

1985 NHL Entry Draft

1986 NHL Entry Draft

1987 NHL Entry Draft

1988 NHL Entry Draft

1989 NHL Entry Draft

1990 NHL Entry Draft

1991 NHL Entry Draft

1992 NHL Entry Draft

1993 NHL Entry Draft

1994 NHL Entry Draft

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1999 NHL Entry Draft

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2001 NHL Entry Draft

2002 NHL Entry Draft

2003 NHL Entry Draft

2004 NHL Entry Draft

2005 NHL Entry Draft

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

2006 NHL Entry Draft

2007 NHL Entry Draft

2008 NHL Entry Draft

2009 NHL Entry Draft

2010 NHL Entry Draft

2011 NHL Entry Draft

2012 NHL Entry Draft

2013 NHL Entry Draft

2014 NHL Entry Draft

2015 NHL Entry Draft

2016 NHL Entry Draft

2017 NHL Entry Draft

2018 NHL Entry Draft

2019 NHL Entry Draft


  • a The Penguins first-round pick in 1969 was traded to the Boston Bruins.
  • b The Penguins first-round pick in 1971 was traded to the St. Louis Blues.
  • c The Penguins first-round pick in 1972 was traded to the Minnesota North Stars.
  • d The Penguins first-round pick in 1977 was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • e The Penguins first-round pick in 1978 was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • f The Penguins first-round pick in 1979 was traded to the Washington Capitals.
  • g The Penguins first-round pick in 1981 was traded to the Montreal Canadiens.
  • h The Penguins obtained the 9th overall pick in 1984 from the Winnipeg Jets.
  • i The Penguins obtained the 16th overall pick in 1984 from the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • j The Penguins obtained the 1st overall pick in 2003 from the Florida Panthers.
  • k The Penguins first-round pick in 2008 was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers.
  • l The Penguins obtained the 8th overall pick in 2012 from the Carolina Hurricanes.
  • m The Penguins first-round pick in 2013 was traded to the Calgary Flames.
  • n The Penguins first-round pick in 2015 was traded to the Edmonton Oilers.
  • o The Penguins first-round pick in 2016 was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • p The Penguins first-round pick in 2017 was traded to the St. Louis Blues.
  • q The Penguins first-round pick in 2018 was traded to the Ottawa Senators.


Draft order
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  • "Pittsburgh Penguins Draft History". Internet Hockey Database. Archived from the original on January 13, 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
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  3. "Athlete profile: Jaromir Jagr". Sports Illustrated/CNN. 3 February 1998. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
  4. Inquirer Staff (July 24, 1992). ", Article Collections: Magic's Roberts Gets Offer Sheet From Mavs". Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  5. "First Overall Selections". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 13 April 2001. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
  6. "Calder Memorial Trophy". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on 23 April 2006. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
  7. "Year in Review: 2005". CBC. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
  8. Pittsburgh Penguins Draft Pick History
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