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, PittsburghPenguins.com will be highlighting some past draft selections throughout Penguins' history.
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Mark Recchi – 4th round (67th overall) 1988
The physical right winger became a mainstay on the Penguins roster in 1989, after he was drafted in the fourth round (67th overall) in the 1988 NHL Draft. Mark Recchi went on to score 30 goals, second among NHL rookies, while also tallying 37 assists to finish his rookie year with 67 points.
During the Penguins’ Stanley Cup run during the 1990-91 season, Recchi exploded onto the NHL scene, leading the team in goals (40), assists (73, career high) and points (113) during the regular season. Recchi continued to build on his regular season success and was a key contributor to the Pens’ first Stanley Cup title, posting 34 points (10G-24) in the playoffs, finishing second only behind Mario Lemieux’s 44 points. But Recchi’s time with the Pens was cut short as he was traded during the 1991-92 season to the Philadelphia Flyers in a blockbuster deal that brought Rick Tocchet and Kjell Samuelsson and a second Cup to Pittsburgh.
Recchi returned to the Penguins in 2005 but was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes at the trade deadline after posting 57 points (24G-33A) in 63 contests. After winning a Cup with the Hurricanes, the Pens re-signed Recchi in free agency in ‘06, adding a gritty, veteran presence to a young team. Recchi would score 385 points (154G-231A) in 389 games with Pittsburgh.