1998 - 5th round - 134 overall
|Rob Scuderi/Pittsburgh Penguins |
With a one-goal lead, an extra attacker on the ice for the Detroit Red Wings and netminder Marc-Andre Fluery out of the crease, only defenseman Rob Scuderi stood in the way of Red Wings forward Johan Franzen and Stanley Cup glory in 2009. After two quick saves with his left leg on a Franzen backhand attempt, the stay-at-home defenseman salvaged the Penguins’ hopes of winning the franchise’s third Stanley Cup title and helped force a Game 7 against the defending champion Red Wings. The rest is history.
Scuderi, along with former Penguins defenseman Hal Gill, formed a deadly shutdown pairing during the championship run and helped the Pens win their third Stanley Cup title in 2009. Scuderi finished the ‘09 playoffs with a plus-5 rating, highest among Pittsburgh defensemen. While Scuderi’s presence wasn’t felt on the score sheet, his shutdown role during his five seasons wearing a Pens uniform shouldn’t be understated. Scuderi would go on to score 39 points (3G-36A) in 300 career games with the Penguins.
Scuderi is currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings and is competing for his second Stanley Cup title against the New Jersey Devils.