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.
Pierre Larouche/Pittsburgh Penguins
1974 - 1st round - 8th overall
Before the Penguins drafted him eighth overall in 1974, Pierre Larouche was considered one of the greatest scorers in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League history, posting a then record 251 points for his junior team, the Sorel Black Hawks. His record in juniors would be shattered 10 years later by Mario Lemieux’s 282 points in 1984.
Larouche spent three-plus seasons with the Penguins. “Lucky Pierre” finished his rookie season second in the Calder trophy voting to Eric Vail. A year later, the center was the 16th and youngest player to score 50 goals and tally 100 points, a record that was later broken by Wayne Gretzky in 1980. He would score 253 points (119G-134A) in 240 career games with Pittsburgh.