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.
|Martin Straka/Pittsburgh Penguins |
1992 - 1st round - 19th overall
The Penguins nabbed Straka with the 19th pick in the first round of the 1992 NHL draft. Small in stature (5-foot-9, 171 pounds), the speedy center played in a limited role throughout his rookie season in 1993, playing in 42 games and registering 16 points (3G-13A). The young Czech enjoyed more success in his sophomore season, posting 30 goals, 34 assists and 64 points while appearing in all 84 games. During the 1994-95 season, Straka was dealt to the Ottawa Senators for Troy Murray and Norm Maciver.
Straka and Pittsburgh were reunited in 1998 after the Pens signed him as a free agent. Straka raised his level of play over the next few seasons, scoring a career-high 35 goals in 1999, and hitting career highs in assists (68) and points (95) in 2001. Straka would score 442 points (165G-277A) in 560 games with Pittsburgh.