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Pens Draft History - Zarley Zalapski

by Greg Fernandez / Pittsburgh Penguins

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, will be highlighting some past draft selections throughout Penguins' history.

Zarley Zalapski/Pittsburgh Penguins

1986 - 1st round - 4th overall

The offensive-minded defenseman joined the Penguins after he was drafted fourth overall in the 1986 NHL Draft. Zarley Zalapaski enjoyed a superb rookie season in 1989, finishing the campaign with 12 goals, 33 assists, 45 points and the honor of being named to the NHL all-rookie team. Zalapski went on to play three-plus seasons for Pittsburgh, totaling 190 games, 33 goals, 102 assists and 135 points.

Zalapski finished his NHL career, scoring 384 points (99G-285A) in 637 NHL games with stops in Pittsburgh, Hartford, Calgary, Montreal and Philadelphia.

Zalapski was part of one of the biggest trades in franchise history. Zalapski, along with John Cullen and Jeff Parker were traded to the Hartford Whalers in exchange for Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings on March 4, 1991. The deal helped lift the Penguins to their first Stanley Cup title a few months later.

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