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Penguins 1st Round Draft Picks Since 1967

As the Penguins contemplate the upcoming draft, I started to compile a list of their number 1 draft pickes.     Then I found the list of their number 1 overall draft picks since the year they opened their doors.        There are some really big and noteworthy names on this list, and some of the others.

Here is the list.     Enjoy!

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)

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 Plzeň(Czechoslovak 1)
1993 26 Stefan Bergkvist Defence  Sweden Leksands IF (SEL)
1994 24 Chris Wells Center  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds(WHL)
1995 24 Aleksey 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 Plzeň (Czech)
1999 18 Konstantin Koltsov Right Wing  Belarus 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)
2004 2 Evgeni Malkin Center  Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RSL)
2005 1* Sidney Crosby Center  Canada Rimouski Océanic(QMJHL)
2006 2 Jordan Staal Center  Canada Peterborough Petes(OHL)
2007 20 Angelo Esposito Center  Canada Quebec Remparts(QMJHL)
2008 No Pick [j]
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


In the Upcoming Days, I plan to break down a couple of players from each decade.     I hope you all enjoy the list.   I checked it several times for accuracy.

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