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Pens Pick 20th in 2010 NHL Entry Draft

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have seven selections, including the 20th-overall pick in the first round, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, to be held Friday, June 25 (Round 1) and Saturday, June 26 (Rounds 2-7) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. 

Round 1 will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday and will be nationally televised by VERSUS. The NHL Network will carry Rounds 2-7 on Saturday, with coverage beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

Along with their first-round pick, the Penguins have picks in the third (80th overall), fourth (110th), fifth (140th), two sixth (152nd and 170th) and seventh round (200th).

The Penguins traded their second-round pick to Florida for defenseman Jordan Leopold. The extra sixth-round selection came from Toronto in a deal that sent Chris Peluso to the Maple Leafs.

The Penguins current roster has nine regulars that were drafted by Pittsburgh, including five that were taken in the first round.

Joining first-round selections Brooks Orpik (2000, 18th overall), Marc-Andre Fleury (2003, 1st), Evgeni Malkin (2004, 2nd), Sidney Crosby (2005, 1st) and Jordan Staal (2006, 2nd) are Tyler Kennedy (2004, 99th), Max Talbot (2002, 234th), Kris Letang (2005, 62nd) and Alex Goligoski (2004, 61st).

Four other Penguins’ draft picks saw brief action in Pittsburgh: Nick Johnson (2004, 67th), Dustin Jeffrey (2007, 171st), Alexander Pechurski (2008, 150th) and since traded Luca Caputi (2007, 111th).

The Penguins will be providing complete draft coverage at including an in-depth draft preview, features and scouting reports on each of the Penguins’ seven picks and a live draft blog.

Here is a look at the Penguins last 10 first-round picks:

Year Name Pos Selection
2009 Simon Despres D 30
2008 (Traded to Atlanta) -- --
2007 Angelo Esposito C 20
2006 Jordan Staal
C 2
2005 Sidney Crosby C 1
2004 Evgeni Malkin 
C 2
2003 Marc-Andre Fleury G
2002 Ryan Whitney 5
2001 Colby Armstrong RW 21
Brooks Orpik    

Here is a look at some other notable draft picks in Penguins history:

Year Name Pos Selection
1969 Michel Briere  C 26
1972  Dennis Herron G 40
1977 Mark Johnson  C 66
1984 Mario Lemieux C 1
1986 Rob Brown RW 67
1987 Shawn McEachern C 110
1988 Mark Recchi RW 67
1990 Jaromir Jagr RW 5
1991 Markus Naslund LW 16
1992 Martin Straka C 19
1993 Patrick Lalime G 156
1998 Rob Scuderi D 134
1999 Ryan Malone LW 115

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