1999 - 4th round - 67th overall
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After receiving a call-up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after the 2002-03 season, left winger Ryan Malone cemented himself as a top-six forward for the Penguins over the next four seasons. The Pittsburgh native enjoyed a stellar rookie campaign with the Penguins in 2004, lighting the lamp a team-high 22 times while also dishing out 21 assists to accumulate 43 points - good for third on the team. Malone, who’s father was the Penguins head scout at the time, was named to the 2004 NHL All-Rookie team and his 43 points ranked fourth amongst NHL rookies.
Following the NHL lockout in 2004-05, the physical forward began to take on a more prevalent power-play role during his sophomore season, tallying 10 power-play goals in 2005-06. Malone also became one of the team’s premier penalty killers, scoring a career-high five shorthanded goals in the Pens’ last 33 games of the season.
During Malone’s final season with Pittsburgh in 2007-08, the left winger enjoyed a career year, posting career highs in goals (27) and points (51) while also tallying 24 assists. Malone also scored a career-high six game-winning goals while finishing third on the team with a career-high 11 power-play goals. Malone continued to shine throughout the 2008 playoffs, totaling 16 points (6G-10A) in 20 games as the Pens fell to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final.
Malone scored 20-plus goals and dished out 20-plus assists three times during his time in Pittsburgh. He would go on to score 169 points (87G-82A) in 299 career games with the Pens. Malone is currently a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.