2002 - 8th round - 234th overall
|Max Talbot (Getty Images) |
Out of Max Talbots’ 52 goals – including 14 playoff goals – none will be more important than the two goals Talbot netted on June 12, 2009. After forcing a Game 7 against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings, Talbot delivered the two biggest blows to Detroit’s hopes of repeating, scoring the only two Penguins goals to unseat the Red Wings and give Pittsburgh its first Stanley Cup since 1992 in a 2-1 victory.
Talbot, a fan favorite for much of his career in Pittsburgh, was a high-scoring forward coming out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League when he was drafted by the Penguins 234th overall in 2002. Talbot transformed his game and became one of the team’s best energy forwards during his six seasons with the Penguins. Talbot played 368 games in a Penguins’ uniform, totaling 108 points (52G-56A) during that span.