Ranking the top 11 Penguins players in team history

A look at Pittsburgh Penguins history

PITTSBURGH — Channel 11 Sports ranked the top 11 Penguins players in team history.

11. Kris Letang - Defenseman

Letang’s been a fan favorite on the blue line, playing 14 season and 808 games. He has 127 goals, 410 assists and 537 points. He was a six-time All Star and a two-time selection to the Second Team All NHL. Plus, he’s won three Stanley Cups.

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<p>PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 08: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates in the third period during the game against the Winnipeg Jets at PPG PAINTS Arena on October 8, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)</p>

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 08: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates in the third period during the game against the Winnipeg Jets at PPG PAINTS Arena on October 8, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

10. Tom Barrasso - Goalie

Tom Barrasso was the league’s youngest winner of the Vezina Trophy for best goaltender. He played 19 NHL seasons, 12 of them with the Penguins. In 460 games, he went 226-153-53 with a .895 save percentage and a 3.27 GAA. He also won two Stanley Cups.

9. Rick Kehoe - Forward

Kehoe was traded to the Penguins in 1974 and spent the rest of his career here. He is fifth in team history in score, behind Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. In 722 games, he tallied 312 goals, 324 assists and 636 points. He was a two-time All Start and won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

8. Jean Pronovost - Forward

Acquired from the Bruins in 1968, he played 10 seasons with the Penguins. He played 753 games scoring 316 goals, 287 assists and 603 points. Pronovost was a four-time NHL All Star.

7. Kevin Stevens - Forward

In 2017, Stevens was named a Special Assignment Scout for the Penguins. But he is most well-known for playing left wing with Mario Lemieux during the 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup winning teams. In 10 seasons with the Penguins, Stevens played 522 games and put up 260 goals, 295 assists, and 555 points. He was a three-time All Star and a two-time Stanley Cup champion.

<p>Kevin Stevens photo from Getty Images (1994)</p>

Kevin Stevens photo from Getty Images (1994)

6. Marc-Andre Fleury - Goalie

One of the most beloved Penguins players, many fans have a special place in their heart for Marc-Andre Fleury. He played 13 seasons in Pittsburgh, joining young guns like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to create a powerhouse on the ice. He played 691 games for the Penguins, with a 375-216-68 record, a .912 save percentage and 2.58 GAA. He was a two-time NHL All Star, was voted to the NHL All Decade 1st Team, won an Olympic gold medal and is a three-time Stanley Cup champion.

<p>Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury</p>

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury

5. Ron Francis - Center

Ron Francis was drafted by the Hartford Whalers and sits second all-time in the NHL in career assists, behind only Wayne Gretzky. Francis was traded to the Penguins in 1991 along with Ulf Samuelsson. In eight seasons with the team, he would play in 533 games, score 164 goals, tally 449 assists, and put up 613 points. He is in the NHL Hall of Fame, is a two-time Stanley Cup champion and is a two-time winner of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

<p>NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 30: Vice President of Hockey Operations Ron Francis of the Carolina Hurricanes looks on during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)</p>

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 30: Vice President of Hockey Operations Ron Francis of the Carolina Hurricanes looks on during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

4. Evgeni Malkin - Center

Originally playing for his hometown team in Russia, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, he was drafted by the Penguins in 2004. An international dispute meant he didn’t see the ice in Pittsburgh until 2006 when he could leave his team’s training camp in Finland, clear customs and get his U.S. visa. Nicknamed “Geno," he’s played 14 seasons in Pittsburgh and in 907 games. He’s scored 416 goals, put up 660 assists and has a whopping 1,076 assists. He won the Calder Trophy in 2007 and was voted seven times to the NHL All Star Game. Malkin has also won three Stanley Cups.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 09: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with Kris Letang #58 after scoring a goal against Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

3. Jaromir Jagr - Forward

Jaromir Jagr has the second-most points in NHL history behind Wayne Gretzky and is considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time. He was the youngest player in the NHL in 1990 and was the oldest player at one point too. In 11 seasons in Pittsburgh, Jagr played in 806 games, scored 439 goals, had 40 assists and put up 1,079 points. He was a nine-time All Star, won the Art Ross Trophy five times, won the Ted Lindsay trophy twice, won an Olympic gold medal and is a two-time Stanley Cup champion.

<p>Check out the Penguins top playoff performers of all-time.&nbsp;All statistics are current through the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals against the Ottawa Senators.</p>

Check out the Penguins top playoff performers of all-time. All statistics are current through the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals against the Ottawa Senators.

2. Sidney Crosby - Center

Arguably the player of a generation and one of the greatest hockey players of all time, Sidney Crosby was selected first by the Penguins in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. In 15 seasons, Crosby has become known as one of the greatest “grinders” on the ice, continuously outworking opponents for puck possession. He has played 984 games, scored 462 goals, has 801 assists and tallied 1,263 points. An eight time NHL All Star, Crosby won the Messier Award twice, the Art Ross trophy twice, the Rocket Richard trophy twice, the Ted Lindsay trophy three times, the Hart Trophy twice, the Conn Smythe trophy twice and has two Olympic gold medals. He’s also won three Stanley Cup trophies.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87)
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) (Matthew Sunday/Matthew Sunday)

1. Mario Lemieux - Center

“Le magnifique.” The man who saved hockey in Pittsburgh. Cancer survivor. In a perpetual debate alongside Wayne Gretzky for who is the greatest player of all time. Mario Lemieux is the only man to have his name on a Stanley Cup as both a player and an owner in NHL history. He played parts of 17 seasons, all with the Penguins. In 915 games, Lemieux often beat other teams with his size, speed, strength and scoring ability. He put up 690 goals, 1,033 assists and 1,723 points. He is a ten time NHL All Star and won the Art Ross trophy six times. Upon his retirement as a player, Lemieux was immediately inducted in the Hall of Fame. As a player, he won two Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992.

<p>A photo of the Mario Mosaic&nbsp;</p>

A photo of the Mario Mosaic 

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