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Pens Draft History - Kris Letang

by Greg Fernandez / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins and CONSOL Energy Center will be hosting the 2012 NHL Draft on June 22nd and 23rd. In the days leading up to the draft, will be highlighting some past draft selections throughout Penguins' history.

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2005 - 3rd round - 62nd overall

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.
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