2005 - 3rd round - 62nd overall
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The Penguins drafted the Val-d'Or Foreurs’ smooth-skating Kris Letang out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in the third round of the 2005 NHL Draft. After making the team for good in 2007-08, “Tanger” began to establish himself as one of the Pens’ top blueliners.
The two-way defenseman was a key member for each of the team’s Stanley Cup runs in 2008 and ‘09, providing a more offensive-minded approach from the blue line. He finished the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs second among team defensemen with 13 points (4G-9A). Letang enjoyed a career year during the 2010-11 campaign, setting new career highs in assists (42), points (50), plus-minus (+15) and ice time per game (a team-best 24:02). His 50 points placed him tied for seventh among blueliners in the NHL.
This past season, with various injuries plaguing him, Letang still managed to score a career-high 10 goals to go along with 32 assists. He was also one of the Penguins’ strongest playoff performers, accumulating five points (1G-4A) in six games. Over his five-plus seasons in a Penguins’ uniform, Letang has amassed 171 points (39G-132A) in 350 games for Pittsburgh.