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

Another First Round Reflection

As we take another trip back in the “way back machine”, we make a stop in 1976 where the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted Blair Chapman, talented winger playing in the WCHL  for the Saskatoon Blades.        He amassed some huge numbers in the junior league and the Pens hoped for that to transfer to the next level.

Chapman played 4 seasons with the Penguins and was a solid contributor, though he really never lived up to the numbers he was putting up in juniors.     That happens often, though in his case he was averaging about 50 goals a season and over 100 points a season overall in the juniors which is a great deal to live up to.       His best season as a Penguin happened in 77′-78′ season where he scored 44 points with 24 goals.

His best career season overall was the 79-80 season in which he was sent to the St. Louis Blues where he had 25 goals and 26 assists.       He played an additional 3 years in the NHL and all of those with the St Louis Blues.      He finished his career with 106 goals in 402 games.     He had 231 total points in the NHL with an additional 10 more points in 25 playoff games.

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