October 27, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: A general view of the 2012 NHL draft logo is unveiled at a press conference at the CONSOL Energy Center. The 2012 NHL draft will be held in Pittsburgh on June 22 and 23, 2012. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Penguin's Draft Reflections

Reflecting back on the Pittsburgh Penguins 1st Round Draft through the years, our first stop will be in 1968 which was the Penguins second year in existence.    The Penguins selected Garry Swain from the Niagra Falls FLyers OHA junior league.    

Garry Swain, a centerman, was selected 1st overall by the Penguins but spent very little time as a Penguin.    He played 9 games where he scored a goal and an assist.    He then moved to the minors and played for the CHL’s Amarillo Wranglers during that same season.    He  scored 20 goals that year for the Wranglers and played the remainder of his career in the minors.

The Next season he played 72 games for the Baltimore Clippers in the AHL where he scored only 4 goals and 9 assists.     He moved back to the Wranglers the following season where  his scoring touch returned with 17 goals and 31 more assists.    His best season in the minors was 1973-74′ where he played for the Chalotte Checkers in the SHL where he scored 98 points with 34 goals.     That was good enough to get him back in the WHA the following season playing for the New England Whalers.    If the Whalers sound familiar, they should.    The New England Whalers played from 72′-79′ in the WHA then went into the NHL the following season and played there till 1997 when the team left town and became the Carolina Hurricane.

He would play3 years with the Whalers and his best season was the 75-76′ season where he played 79 games and scored 10 goals and had 16 assists as he played solidly as a 2-way center.      He would finish his career in 76-77′ for the Rhode Island reds where he only played 17 games and scored 1 goal and 6 assists before he hung up his skates.

I will be outlining several players during the 1970’s over the coming days.    If you would like to read more, you can follow me on Twitter @sportsmonger and on Sports Monger Radio.


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